In 1 Corinthians 9:20-22 the Apostle Paul makes this statement:
“To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law…, so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law…, so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.”
This is a profound statement in our approach to seeing the gospel become a reality in the lives of many. But I believe there is also a principle here that we can apply as followers. As a follower, we must be willing to ‘become all things’ to our leader that their vision might be accomplished. Before you go freaking out over that statement, let me explain. I’ve had the opportunity to work under a number of leaders with completely different styles of leadership. Some have been ‘list guys’, some have been more laid back, some have been workhorses, some have been micro managers, still others have been more ‘hands off.’ Depending on what kind of leader you find yourself working under, you need to adjust how you work with them. To one leader you might be very organized, to another you are more laid back, to yet another you’re more creative. It’s understanding what your strengths are, but just as important, understanding what your organization needs from you to be successful.
When you put yourself in a box saying, “This is the way I work and I cannot change”, you limit not only your ability to grow, but also your understanding of who God has made you. God has created us “in His own image” and I don’t know anywhere that says God is stuck in a box. How you are now is only the tip of who God has made you to be. Honestly, if you had reached your full potential in God’s eyes, you’d be dead right now. Although you may be a very organized person, allow yourself to be in situations where your creativity is tested. Or if you have more of a laid back approach, place yourself in scenarios where you need to be more ‘hands on.’ Stretching yourself and growing is a key to not just leadership, but also followership.