Among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Understandably, the mother of James and John sought their happiness. She realized Jesus was the Way to get it, so she petitioned Him for her sons to receive top positions in His coming kingdom. The remaining ten disciples were miffed.
Neither she nor they had learned the new definition of leadership: 'For the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great' (Luke 9:48); 'The last will be first' (Matthew 20:16), because 'The Lord lifts up the humble' (Psalm 147:6).
In their world then and our world now, even when God says the meek will 'Inherit the earth' (Matthew 5:5), humility is a hard lesson to learn--especially for gifted people who reap praise from their peers. But it's better to learn now than fail later.
Because humility is a quiet crown. It doesn't announce its presence. Humility is a modest crown. It doesn't beg to be noticed. Humility is a content crown. It's happy wherever it is. Humility is a working crown. It doesn't expect to be served.
At times, humility is a painful crown, because it covers the heads of our heroes: men and women of courage, willing to take a fall to give others a lift. 'The Crown of righteousness' (2 Timothy 4:8) is a surprising crown, and it's worn by all of God's leaders.
Performers for Christ: Within the entertainment industry, the enemy offers crown after crown. Self-serving promoters join self-seeking stars. Their offspring?
Award shows too many to name; performers competing for fame; each one desiring to lead; but beneath their need is greed:
A hunger for power, profit or position: believing this gain will release them from pain. But it won't. As God would have it, relief from pain is not found in promotion, but submission--specifically to Jesus and His plan. Only in service to others are we filled and satisfied.
Therein, the Re-Definer of leadership is Jesus.
## Leadership Series: A New Definition (Part 6)
* Other times His disciples argued over who would be greatest among them: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+9%3A46-48&version=NASB; https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+22%3A24-27&version=NASB
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.