Matthew 23:1-12 (NLT) [Jesus said] “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden.
“Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels. And they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the seats of honor in the synagogues. They love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi.’
“Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters. And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only God in heaven is your Father. And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher, the Messiah. The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
You reproduce who you are. One of the most important aspects of leadership is raising up other leaders; to do that we need to be aware of how we lead, and what we are teaching the next generation of leaders. The Apostle Paul says, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” In other words, don’t follow me when I’m not following Christ. Spiritual leadership is all about God leading through us. It is not about doing a certain right way of living, but letting the Spirit live and love through us. Leaders need to constantly be thinking about what the reproduction side of their leadership looks like.