READ: Matthew 20:20-28
- It seems oxymoronic to put “servant” and “leader” in the same sentence, much less use them together to describe a person. But that’s the very nature of Jesus. He may well be the most influential leader ever known, yet He led as a servant-leader. This text is Jesus own self-description. He was first of all submissive to the will of the Father. As a person of power, His power was always seen as derived from the power of God.
- He was a servant. His statement is challenging. He came “not to be served.” It sounds like the very opposite of what most leaders would say. Most leaders presume they are to be served. They even assume they deserve to be served. Jesus would say, “…but to serve.” Leading from a position of serving those who are “under you” is empowering to all. It models the nature of humility and always seeks the best for and from others.
- Finally, Jesus said He sacrificed. Good leaders are not the ones with the most serving them nor are they the ones with the highest salary. In fact, to really lead will require a leader to sacrifice—time, personal energy, resources, accolades, and more. But they will do so with no regret because they see themselves in the proper light. Good leaders are always seeking to elevate and empower those around them.
- Describe a relationship with a leader who sought to empower you to do and be better.
- Why are so few leaders willing to serve others? Sacrifice for others?
- What would happen (has happened) in your organization (family, church, work) if there was more of a servant-leader attitude at the top of the corporate ladder?
PRAY: Thank God for those in your life who’ve served you as a leader. Pray that all our church leadership is done from a humble position. Pray that we continue to develop servant leaders at Madison Park.