Serving and Leadership
"At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, 'Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?' " Matthew 18:1
We are taught at a young age to compete in just about everything we do. As a child, we compete for attention against our siblings. As young adults, we compete against our peers for popularity. And as adults, we compete for positions.
The disciples James and John were no different than people today. Like us, they were born into a world of competition. All the disciples wanted was to be the greatest, but Jesus taught them that the greatest person is the servant of all. If you want to live for God, you must be ready to say and do what seems strange to the world.
Authority is not given for self-importance, ambition, or respect, but for useful service to God and His creation.
"Jesus called them together and said, 'You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.' " Matthew 20:25-26
- Serving is the key to leadership.
We should turn our eyes away from our performance and put our faith in Jesus. Jesus described leadership from a new perspective. Instead of people serving Him, He came to serve others. Likewise a good Christian leader is one who has a servant heart.
- Servant leaders realize they’re not above any job.
Regardless of the visibility, no job is too small.
- Leadership sometimes call for unpopular decision making.
Often a leader must make a real tradeoff between faithfulness and popularity.
Next time you seek to be the greatest, think again…
Posted on Tue, July 12, 2011
by Cliff Ellison