Saturday, January 28th, 2017
Do-Gooders (Part 74)
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, bowing down and making a request of Him. And He said to her, 'What do you wish?' She said to Him, 'Command that in Your kingdom these two sons of mine may sit one on Your right and one on Your left.'...
Hearing this, the ten became indignant 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 their great men exercise authority over them. It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall 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.
Matthew 20:20-21, 24-28 (NASB)
Church leadership without humility is a recipe for false shepherd's pie. Mix brains, education and achievement with captivating sermons and applause. Top it off with religiosity and Christ's students can get puffed up with pride.
Even the Carpenter's first fishermen, the ones He Personally instructed, the ones who witnessed all His miracles, the ones who followed His humility, couldn't resist thinking about power.
'An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest' (Luke 9:46); 'For on the way they had discussed with one another which of them was the greatest' (Mark 9:34).*
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Surely, church leaders should be humble. Mostly, media execs are not. Entertainment is known by swagger, award shows and pretentious lifestyles. Yet, it's the field you're called to master.
Can you do it with humility? Yes, if you keep your eyes on Jesus.**
Remember how your Role Model lived: how He looked, served, walked, worked and welcomed. The King of kings, earth's biggest Rock Star, denied all shows of worldly excess.
Choose His Example of leadership. In simplicity is elegance. In humility is godliness.
To Be Continued...
* Sermon/Lesson, Who's The Greatest: https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-100-who-s-greatest-luke-2224-30
** Jesus is the Word of God. You can see Him clearly in the Bible.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.