Strategic Kingdom Insight for Life and Leadership Success: A Critical Look at Servant Leadership:
Strategic Kingdom Insight for Life and Leadership Success:
A Critical Look at Servant Leadership:
Luke 22:24-27 NKJV
Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.
The more I grow in God, the more it becomes obvious to me that people who approach life with the attitude of service always end up ahead. What do you mean? You may ask. Please read through the scripture below. Read it carefully and thoughtfully and you will understand what I mean.
Matthew 20:20-28 NKJV
Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him.
And He said to her, “What do you wish?”
She said to Him, “Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom.”
But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”
They said to Him, “We are able.”
So He said to them, “You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father.”
And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Observe carefully and you will notice that the greatest people in the world are committed to serving a cause far greater than their own ambition or selfish desires. When you pursue a cause far greater than your personal gain, you are a servant leader. Servant Leaders are more committed to the wellbeing of others than their own personal ambition or aggrandizement. They focus on service by adding value to the lives of others.
A Servant Leader leaves you better than the way he finds you. A Servant Leader leaves a place better than the way he finds it. A Servant Leader is a life improver. He makes people and things better. The true test of servant leadership is the improvement of the lives of others. Service Leaders add value to everything and everyone within their sphere of influence.
Acts 10:38 NKJV
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
The prime example of this is Jesus Christ our Lord, He came to serve us. He went about ministering to the sick and the oppressed. See Acts 10:38. He served the ignorant by teaching. See Mark 6:34. He served the poor by meeting their physical and material needs. Matthew 14:14-21. Furthermore, He laid down his life for our sins. True servants do not seek personal gain but the fulfillment of a cause greater than their own personal needs or ambition.
In recent history we see men like Mahatma Ghandi who learned from Jesus Christ the principle of non-violent resistance. He sought the deliverance and freedom of his own people from the oppressive rule of their colonial masters. He led the Indian people to independence. He put his own life on the line many times to rescue his people and he is remembered the world over for his service to India.
Another recent example is Nelson Madiba Mandela. He also served his own people at the expense of his own life and convenience. He desired a better quality of life for his own people. His dream was for a greater and better South Africa that reflects the values of an egalitarian society. He was willing to forgive those who mistreated him and imprisoned him for the sake of the greater good of the nation. He is celebrated today, not only in South Africa but around the world.
There are many others in recent history. Men like Martin Luther who fervently pursued the emancipation of the blacks from the unjust laws in US. He dreamed of a society where people will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. Think about that. He is dead but his idea and aspirations live on in the hearts of many. There’s a day set aside to remember him in the US.
Time will fail me to talk about of many heroes that we have known in recent history. People like Mother Theresa who moved not only India with her humility and her commitment to serve the poorest of the poor but the world as well. She influenced the world then and still influences others to embrace a cause greater than ambition and the selfish aspirations of today’s generation.
I can speak of Matthew Barnett (44 years old) who has grown one of the largest churches in L.A by serving the poorest of the poor and the homeless people of the city. He serves the broken and the disenfranchised yet he is respected all over the world. Always remember that if you are willing to serve those that nobody wants, then God will give you the people that everybody wants. He is still making greater impact in our world today.
True service flows out of a heart of love and compassion. True service is selfless and self-sacrificing. That’s true leadership. You cannot be trusted with great power or great influence if you have never served. That’s what Jesus taught us. The only person who deserves the highest honors is the one that is willing to serve humbly and consistently. Think about it.
John 12:26 NKJV
If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.
Honor is the exclusive privilege of servants. The best hotels in the world are those who have mastered the art of service. The greatest companies focus on serving their clients better than anyone else and quicker than anyone else. Serve with excellence competently, compassionately and consistently with the right attitude and you are on your way to the top. No one will remember you for how much you earned or where you lived. You will be remembered for the difference you made through your service, your giving or your teaching. Whatever we do from a heart of love cannot be forgotten. It’s your time to make a difference. Selah
In His Majesty’s Service,
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