In his Gospel, Matthew’s provided us with a picture of Christ’s regency-leadership succession strategy. Matthew introduced it with Christ’s heritage of succession listed in the beginning of Matthew. Through his Gospel, Matthew described Christ living an honorable life while selecting and developing those to whom He would leave leadership responsibility. Matthew finishes with Christ’s honorable death and His final commissioning of His disciples to reproduce.
In His commissioning of the disciples, Jesus created a new leadership model which this essay labels as regency-leadership. Christ did not pass His authority to His disciples; Christ kept all authority, giving His disciples an ascribed authority. To keep this clear, Christ gave His disciples the Spirit to guide and empower them while He promised to be with them twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This means that from the first eleven disciples until today, Christ remains the head of His church with those in church leadership roles as His regents.
This theory has significant implications. First, Jesus did not go out and hire someone to represent Him; He selected and developed His regency-leaders. When Christ gave His disciples His final commission, He told them to “make disciples,” not put together a search committee with a specific job description.
Christ told His disciples to be intentional about making disciples while they were going about their daily affairs. This does not mean that a regency-leader should just bring people to a decision for Christ. It means that regency-leaders are strategically to develop disciples ready to fill future regency-leadership positions.
Christ told His disciples to baptize those they are making into disciples – to bring their hearts to a place where they fully fall under the lordship of Christ’s authority. This commitment is not just an intellectual or strong emotional commitment. This commitment is at a point of fully emptying themselves for Christ. This is critical for future regency-leaders, implying that leaders must never use their role for personal self-interest.
Christ told His disciples to teach those they are making into disciples. Christ did not tell His disciples to teach just what Christ commanded. He told His disciples to teach those they disciple to “observe” (or live out) what Christ commanded. Christ left no room for hypocrisy in His statement. Christ’s command to make disciples reflects intent to develop lives into regency-leaders fully living for Christ without personal self-interest.
Giving your heart to others by listening to their heart
When you grow a leader who values people you help the whole world