The Holy Spirit led Jesus out into the wilderness right after His Baptism by John, reminding us that at least part of His preparation for ministry came from a wilderness experience. Does this sound familiar? Quality leaders can almost always point to a wilderness experience as part of their leadership preparation. During this time our motives get purified, our backbones solidifies and our calling gets clarified.
The devil tempted Jesus for 40 days in the wilderness- screening process to see what Jesus would give up and how He would trust God to provide. In His book, IN The Name Of Jesus, Henry Nouwen reminds us that the three temptations of Jesus correspond to three temptations leaders face today:
1. The Temptation to be self sufficient. Jesus did not become controlling, even with legitimate needs. He trusted God.
2. The temptation to become spectacular. Jesus refused to become a stunt man. He did not perform in order to become a celebrity.
3. The temptation to be powerful. Jesus would not take a shortcut to gain power or worship.
How do you deal with temptations of leadership? Study Jesus' method of combating temptations of legitimate needs, gifting, and fame. Jesus provides our standard for defeating temptation. He never lost.