Yeast and Love
The presence of yeast in flour is not normal. It does not occur naturally. Yeast is alien to the nature of flour. It is a foreign element added to the flour in the baking process in order to bring about a powerful reaction.
The yeast is radically different from the flour, but when combined in baking creates a radical difference.
Love is like that. Love is not natural to leadership. But love added to leadership creates something radically different.
Mixing In Love
Yeast and flour exist independent of each other. They don’t need each other, but when combined the reaction is powerful
Love and leadership exist independent of each other. They don’t need each other, but when combined the reaction is powerful.
When love is combined with leadership, leaders will serve, will suffer, and will sacrifice for those they lead. The reaction is powerful.
Yeast works when it is kneaded into the dough. Love must be “kneaded” into leadership.
Yeast is not intended to destroy the flour, but to transform the flour. Love does not destroy leadership, but transforms it. Love communicates it own nature into the leadership. Love makes the Fruit of the Spirit possible in leadership.
Love “kneaded” into leadership creates loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled leaders.
Just as yeast does not destroy the flour, but communicates its own nature by changing the flour, so does love not destroy leadership, but communicates its own nature through the leadership which transforms the leadership and the leader.
Love added to leadership creates a patient, kind, generous, humble, courteous, unselfish, good tempered, encouraging, and sincere leader.
Love added to leadership creates leaders who can bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things.
A Small Amount Makes A Big Difference
Yeast added to flour affects the whole batch. Love added to leadership affects all that a leader’s does and those a leader leads.
Even a small amount of yeast makes a big difference. Even a small amount of love makes a big difference in leadership.
You can’t always see what is happening as yeast goes to work and you can’t always see what is happening when love goes to work…but the result are dramatic.
Love Is An Essential Leadership Ingredient
Jesus believed love should be mixed into the dough of leadership.
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ He said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’ He said to him a second time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ He said to him,’Tend my sheep.’ He said to him the third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.’ (John 21: 15-17 ESV)
Three times Jesus asks, “Do you love me.”
Before Jesus gave Peter responsibility for leading, before Jesus commissioned Peter to the task of leadeship He asks if Peter loves him. Jesus is clearly making the point that leadership begins with love.
It is much the same way when we look at the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. In Matthew 22 Jesus give us the Great Commandment.
And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:37-39 ESV)
The foundation is love. Only after Jesus ensures the foundation of love is present does the command to lead the work “to come in the Great Commandment come. Jesus again, starts with love.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV)
The commissioning of leaders, the giving of authority to leaders to do the work of Jesus in Matthew 28 only follows the command to love in Matthew 22. Without the love of the Great Commandment there can be no leadership of the Great Commission.
Love is the essential ingredient.
The Power of Kneading In Love
There is nothing more powerful in leadership than seeing love go to work in a leader and their leadership.
We know it. We sense. We long to experience it.
Leadership begins with love. If you want to lead them you must love them. Two skills needed by every leader in every organization are the ability to serve and the ability to love.
Leadership should be an act of love because leadership begins with love.