As we conclude this series we consider one final mark of greatness demonstrated by Jesus: His confidence in twelve men to turn the world upside down.
Jesus taught, encouraged, admonished, and equipped these men in preparation for the work He commissioned them to fulfill.
Looking at how Jesus individualized these four words, the lessons are powerful for leadership greatness today.
Teach: People only do the work they are taught to do. One of the areas where teaching / preaching falls short is application. We are good at giving the information and sharing the imperatives, but “how” do we do it? When this information is taught, we all learn how to fulfill the task.
Encourage: The power behind encouragement motivates people to work harder than before. When criticism is tempered with encouragement people change.
Admonish: Warning, advising, or even reprimanding others is needed to prevent harm from occurring in their lives. The attitude behind admonition determines the reception.
Equip: Providing the necessary tools to fulfill the given task and responsibility is vital to the success of followers, especially in preparing them to lead.