“But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.” Luke 22:26 ESV.
There was a time in the business world where organizational guru’s came out of the closet teaching that we need to become more like Jesus in our leadership role. Companies took the principle from Scripture and a new wave of management sprung forth. However, like many guru’s who have gone before they neglected to teach the entire subject. Instead of expounding on the entire subject matter of servant-leadership as practiced in God’s Kingdom, they took away the substance of leadership and left behind only the form.
The example of Jesus’ leadership style is a case of point. Yes, Jesus practiced what he preached. He came to serve others rather than to be served. His entire ministry was about teaching and serving those around him. However, he didn’t give people what they wanted solely because they asked.
Jesus admitted more than once that he could do nothing apart from God. That he did as his Father led him. He practiced servant-leadership by first finding out what his Father wanted done and doing it. In other words, servant-leadership apart from God is simply people pleasing. The works Jesus did he did through the power of the Holy Spirit. He was simply the conduit. He served others likewise because he was on a mission from his heavenly Dad.
Real servant-leadership is serving others with Jesus Christ. It is asking him for direction. It is seeking his Will on the matter. When we serve others without Christ’s input, we are simply in the people pleasing business. But are we pleasing Christ? Maybe Jesus has other plans for this person’s life? Maybe instead of serving the other person, we may be inhibiting the work of God and making it more difficult for the person in the long run. Maybe, we are manipulating the situation for our sake rather than allowing Jesus to truly invade the person’s life.
So next time you want to practice servant-leadership which is the way the Kingdom of God operates under, be sure you first have your King’s marching orders in place. Otherwise, you are not serving the person with Jesus. Instead you may be serving the person apart from God’s intention for him or her. Remember, Real Servant Leadership works. Just don’t throw away the baby with the bath water.
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