Mark 10:42-45, "But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
Probably my favorite topic to read, write, and teach about is that of leadership. If you were to look in my office, I have an entire section of my bookshelf designated to the topic of leadership. I love it. It is a popular topic in the church and in society as a whole.
Many people have a very skewed idea of what leadership is. This is partly due to their exposure to a flawed system of leadership in the world. Society would teach us that leadership is climbing the ladder to the top, crushing people along the way, and having the power to selfishly control and manipulate people once you arrive.
This is not what leadership is at all. Leadership is not about a position or a title. It is not about a self-serving agenda. It is not about treating others poorly. It is not about being the boss and having control. True, biblical leadership is expressed as servanthood.
In our text today, we read of Christ explaining this concept to His disciples. According to Jesus, the chiefest must be the servant of all. More than just teaching this principle in word, Christ modeled servanthood throughout His entire time here on earth. People who truly want to influence others must learn to serve others.
Then what does serving others look like? Christ showed us very plainly that leading by serving means putting other people before ourselves. Coming to earth, living in a human body, performing miracles, washing feet, submitting to the Father's will, dying for mankind - everything Christ did was an example of putting other people before Himself.
How will you lead people by serving today? How will you prefer someone else over yourself?
Written by Corey Knopf