The sign of a great leader

Today, the Gospel tells how Jesus appointed His apostles.

“[Jesus] appointed twelve [whom he also named apostles] that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.” — Mark 3:14-15

Jesus’ appointment of the Twelve Apostles was another sign of His humility. While He was God, while He alone was the Savior and the Messiah, Jesus was humble enough to let others share in His mission. He was humble enough to send His apostles to preach and to drive out demons instead of doing it alone.

Jesus was so focused on fulfilling His mission that He did not mind the personal glory it would bring Him. If I were Jesus and had the same power that He had, I probably would have kept all the power and recognition to myself, instead of sharing them with others. It’s a good thing I am not Jesus. (But of course, I am striving to live and be like Jesus.)

Today, the Gospel is teaching us to be humble enough to allow others share in our mission. To be humble enough to allow others to take some of the work, the control, and the recognition from us. To be humble enough to ask for help and accept other people’s help. To be humble enough to allow others to journey with us, to be with us, to encourage us, and to support us like how the apostles did for Jesus.

Are you in a position of authority? Whether at home, in the workplace, or in your community? Maybe one day, you will be. Learn from Jesus and always remain humble.