Forgive me for expelling the truth, but it must be done. The world has leadership gas. And it causes some extreme flatulence at the dinner table. The world puffs itself up and eats everything it can for selfish gain. Eventually though, the world emits its disgusting exhaust.
Jesus proposes different manners. He told his followers in Mark 8:34-35: “If any of you want to be my follower you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow me. If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will find true life.”
Our puffed up pride gets pricked by Jesus and deflates like a flatulent balloon. Pride infected our soul and swelled our big heads. But Jesus heals us of our encephalitic soul by giving us again the opportunity to be expanded not by our own hot air, but by the breath of his Holy Spirit. In other words, Jesus tells that if we get rid of our soul-flatulence before we eat, then he will then fill us with the soul-life we need when we sit down at the table.
And before we think that Jesus might be suffering from any pride himself, we’ve got to accept the fact that Jesus gives himself up for our sake. He tells his followers that he, the God-Chosen-Leader-Savior-of-Humanity, the Christ-Messiah, must suffer many terrible things and be rejected by the “leaders.” In other words, the way that Jesus lives is absolutely against the way the leaders of the world would approach life. The world’s idea of gassy-leadership opposes Jesus’ idea of deflated leadership.