Leadership is not a treat - it is a service. Jesus is our perfect example of leadership. We see Him healing others, speaking words of freedom and mercy, washing the feet of His disciples, sacrificing home and family, and eventually His life. The commandment He left us with is to love and lay down our lives for one another. He asked us to be like Him, and nothing less!
So why is it so common to see leaders being served rather than serving? Of course, we should all have moments of rest and be blessed by the service of others, but as followers of Christ, service should be our lifestyle.
1. There is no self-promotion in servant leadership.
It is a day by day process, putting the needs of others ahead of our own, allowing the love and nature of Christ transform us from the inside. Our flesh nature would have us believe that we merit a title, recognition, or easier path to success. But what if the very challenges we are facing have been ordained by our Heavenly Father? What if the difficulties that surround our quest for balance in ministry, home life, team dynamics and our own personal needs are gifts, sent to craft the image of Christ within us?
We must never shrink back from the mirror of truth that the Gospel provides. As we interact with those we led and those who we are led by, let us allow every opportunity for the uncomfortable moments to work in us the eternal glory that outweighs them all.
2. There is no fear in servant leadership.
1 John 4:18 states “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. “ Servant leadership will cause you to put others before yourself and care more about their needs, future, and destiny than your own.
3.There are no ulterior motives in servant leadership.
Servant leadership will bring you to a new level of vulnerability and transparency. Serving others will cause you to want to be at their level, not leading from a position of aloofness, or afar. It will push you to keep your simplicity and humanity at every step, and truly want the best for those around you. You will begin to care for them as much for, and even more, than yourself.
4. There is no competition in servant leadership.
A position is not something that we can use to feel like we have accomplished something or deserve to be held in higher regard than others. True maturity comes with the knowledge that no-one can take your God-given place from you, but that you can help others enter into their God-ordained destiny.
5. There is no limit to servant leadership.
Philippians 4:13 states “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” All things. Not some things, but all things. I would say that takes the limit off what God can do through us as we open to and enter into His nature, the nature of a servant.