Have you ever been given some form of authority over something? How should you use this power? As we read from John 19, we learn that when we are given power, it requires a great deal of responsibility and recognition of where our authority comes from.
As faith followers in Jesus Christ, we are called to lead others into the flock of our God. A good leader is one who inspires others to follow their lead. That is the example that Christ left for us to follow.
Jesus understood His destiny and He followed it through regardless of the outcome. In the way He lived, He practiced what He taught, even when it was inconvenient to do so. If you want to know what quality leadership looks like, look upon the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
How do we lead others to follow Christ? We lead by example, just like He did. We know the way to go, and that is to love the Lord with all my heart, mind, body, and soul, and love my neighbor as myself. This is no easy task, but if we follow through with it and do the things that we say, we demonstrate that we can be trusted and that our message is true; and they will follow our lead.
If God gave you a responsibility, what would you do with it? What is the best way to honor God with the power He gave you? As we look in Genesis 42, we see the right way to use authority as Joseph faces his brothers for the first time since they sold him to slavery.