Monday, July 15th, 2013
Success Strategies (Part 11)
Leadership By Service
Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.
Matthew 23:10 (NAS)
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' (American Heritage Dictionary) over others.
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). Why twice? To remind us that we must lead others as He led us: with the appearance and actions of a servant--even in the lowliest 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 was.
But the King of kings avoided the luxuries of worldly leadership: big house, fancy transportation, decorative clothing, gourmet goodies, preferred seating, fawning followers and conspicuous cash.
Because these 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: the Definition of leadership by service.
Soon, God will sweep the stage of superficial leaders. Among Christians they are called false prophets. So consider the act of floor sweeping as practice for stardom. Embrace the lowest positions and the lowest people. Because He did. And because they're not really low at all.
Therein, leadership in service is a success strategy.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies (2013) series.