Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
Success Strategies: Leadership By Service
Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.
Matthew 23:10 (NASB)
On the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves.
Luke 22:26 (NKJV)
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His Life a ransom for many.
Mark 10:45 (NKJV)
Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.
John 13:16 (NKJV)
Are Christians called to be leaders? Not by the common definition of 'one who has influence or power' over others. (American Heritage Dictionary)

Word for Word in the Book of John, Jesus says twice: 'A servant is not greater than his master' (John 13:16 and 15:20, NKJV). Why twice? To remind us that we must lead as He led: with the actions of a servant--even in the lowest of positions. As in foot washing or cross carrying.

Consider His example: Until the age of 30, Jesus served his family and community as a Carpenter. Then came His life-changing baptism. Immediately, He began His ministry and became famous. Thousands of people worshipped Him like a Rock Star--because He is.

But the King of kings avoided the symbols of worldly leadership: arrogance, opulence, cushy house, fancy wheels, stylish clothes, fan neglect and cash regard.

Because luxuries are common among worldly leaders--as opposed to godly servants. 'Know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly' (Psalm 4:3).

To set apart is to sanctify. 'And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth' (John 17:19).

Actors, models and talent for Christ: you are called to uncommon leadership, because you follow the uncommon God. Therefore, set yourself apart from the world's standards by the standard of Christ. He defined leadership by service.

Soon, God will sweep the stage of superficial leaders. Among Christians they are called false prophets.

Embrace the lowest positions and the lowest people. Because He did. And because they're not really low at all.

Since God exalts the humble, leadership in service is a success strategy.

## Success Strategies: Leadership By Service (Part 11)

NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2013 devotion series called, 'Success Strategies.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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