Leadership into serving - Following Jesus' Example

Servant leader seeks to bring glory to God



Servant leader seeks to bring glory to God

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45

This verse from Mark 10:45 teaches us that to be more like Jesus, Christians should focus on helping others rather than seeking to be helped. To become more like Christ, we need to actively serve others with love and kindness, just as Jesus did. It's important to be humble, avoid being proud, and be ready to make sacrifices for others. In essence, becoming like Christ means living a life of service, love, humility, and selflessness, following Jesus' example. It reminds us that real leadership, as shown by Jesus, is about serving others, highlighting the significance of following a biblical view of servant leadership.

The Bible consistently emphasizes the importance of servant leadership. In Philippians 2:3-5, it says we should consider others above ourselves, just as Jesus did when He humbled Himself. In Matthew 20:26-28, Jesus teaches His disciples about servant leadership, highlighting that leadership should be about serving, not being served.

Let’s consider some questions and explore answers from the Bible:

Do I seek leadership for personal gain or to serve others?

The Bible teaches us that leadership is not about personal gain but about serving others. In Mark 10:45, Jesus tells us that He came to serve and give His life for many. So, our leadership should be focused on serving and helping others, not just benefiting ourselves.

Am I willing to humble myself and prioritize the needs of those I lead?

Yes, humbleness is a crucial aspect of leadership according to the Bible. In Philippians 2:3-5, we are told to consider others as more important than ourselves, just as Jesus humbled Himself. So, being willing to prioritize the needs of those we lead and showing humility is in line with biblical leadership.

How can I model Jesus' leadership in my life and work?

To model Jesus' leadership, we can follow His example of love, compassion, and selflessness. We can do this by practicing kindness, helping those in need, and showing love to others, as Jesus did throughout His life.

Is my leadership rooted in love, compassion, and selflessness?

According to 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, love is at the core of Christian leadership. Our leadership should be characterized by love, compassion, and selflessness. This means being patient, kind, not seeking personal gain, and being considerate of others' needs.

Do I empower and inspire others to be servant leaders as well?

Yes, as Christian leaders, we should encourage and inspire others to be servant leaders too. In 1 Peter 5:2-3, we are instructed to be examples to the flock. This means leading in a way that motivates and empowers others to serve and lead with the same love and humility we find in Jesus' leadership.

One powerful instance of divine leadership through service is found in the book of John, chapter 13. In this story, Jesus, who is God's Son, does something remarkable. He washes His disciples' feet, even though He is their leader. This might seem unusual, but it's a vivid demonstration of servant leadership. Jesus is showing us how to lead by setting an example of humility and service. He puts His disciples' needs before His own, teaching us that a true leader cares for and serves those they lead, just as Jesus did for His followers.

Christian leaders should act as humble servants, but how this happens can vary. To recognize a servant-hearted leader, look for those who care more about God's glory than personal gain, prioritize the well-being of others, are willing to give up their earthly desires for the sake of the gospel, don't seek personal fame, and are okay when their influence decreases. While no leader is perfect, these qualities help identify servant-like leadership. If a leader consistently falls short, it's important to respond with loving encouragement or, when needed, biblical discipline.

As ambassadors of Christ, we are called to be servant leaders and representing Him (Jesus). We are meant to be leaders who serve others, just as Jesus did. This means showing love and humility in our actions, just like Jesus did. He depended on God's strength, and in a similar way, we should depend on the Holy Spirit to give us the power we need to be leaders with love and compassion. The Holy Spirit helps us follow Jesus' example and lead with care and kindness. The Holy Spirit helps us love others the way Christ did and change our way of leading to be like Christ's servant leadership. When we follow His example, we become like shining lights and salt in the world, showing Christ's love and humility through our actions. This means our lives and how we lead should reflect Jesus' love and selflessness. The Holy Spirit empowers us to do this, so we can be like Christ in the way we love and serve others.

We should think about the abilities and choices God has given us and how we use them. Every person has the ability to be a leader who serves others, just like Jesus. So, we should look at how we lead and try to serve others in the same way that He did. This means using our power and freedom to help and care for others, just like Jesus showed us.

Whether we are leaders, parents, teachers, coworkers, classmates, or just regular people, it's crucial to teach others, especially children, about the value of being humble and assisting others when they are in positions of authority, just like Jesus taught us. Even though the world might have its own ideas about leadership, we should always turn to Jesus as our main example. His way of doing things should influence how we think and behave, particularly when it comes to being leaders who are caring and down-to-earth, following His lead.

Let’s pray. Heavenly Father, we thank you for the example of Jesus, the ultimate servant leader. Help us to follow in His footsteps, humbling ourselves to serve others. May the Holy Spirit empower us to lead with love, compassion, and selflessness. As we guide the next generation, may we instill in them the values of servant leadership, aligning their hearts and minds with Jesus. In His name, we pray. Amen.

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