I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. (1 Corinthians 15:31)
Someone once defined leadership as a combination of wisdom, commitment and a great carelessness of self. Nothing better describes the leadership quality of the apostle Paul. His wisdom is seen in his writings. His commitment is heard in his boasting of his followers and his carelessness of self is expressed with the phrase, “I die daily.” He understood that the living in Christ process required a dying-to-self lifestyle. He did not allow physical, mental or emotional desires to rule and reign in his life. He only allowed Christ’s full reign of his life. For this to be accomplished, he had to die daily. He often had to die to hunger and the urge to stop. He had to die to thoughts of self-pity and doubt. He had to die to hate, lust and every emotion that so often drives us. He was careless of self and careful of Christ. He was the epitome of godly leadership.