Lead as a follower. Always keep in mind when you're leading other people that you're a follower first. Seek to follow Jesus faithfully so you can lead faithfully when He calls you to do so. Leading with meekness involves love above all else, so you won't need to coerce others into following but can inspire them to voluntarily join you in service to God.

Adapted from How to Inherit the Earth: Submitting Ourselves to a Servant Savior, copyright 2009 by Scott A. Bessenecker. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Ill., http://www.ivpress.com/.
Each year Scott Bessenecker helps send more than 2,000 college students to nearly every continent on earth as the associate director of missions for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. To prepare for his work spreading vision and mobilizing resources, Scott got a degree in Business Administration and a masters in International Development from William Carey International University.  Scott has written from a holistic Christian perspective for publications like Relevant and Mission Maker magazines and edited the book Quest for Hope in the Slum Community. His active weblog is at http://www.thenewfriars.com/.

Original publication date: March 25, 2010