Servant Leadership Trap

John 12:26

If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

The secular concept of servant leadership being taught is causing more harm than good. In the various books and sermons, I have read or heard, the worldly perspective is to respond to others based on their desires. Like most lies, half the truth is being taught but the remaining more important aspect is left behind.

The Biblical view of servant leadership is Christ-centered to the core. The focus is not the other individual, but Jesus Christ.

One Biblical example used is how Jesus washed the feet of His disciples at his last supper before his death. The worldly view emphasizes how He took on the role of a servant and washed the feet of his students. But let’s review the details.

First, He recognized a need. Secondly, He behave after His Father (John 5:19). He responded by setting aside His role as Rabbi, and took on the role of a servant. Thirdly, when He came to Peter, Peter did not want his feet washed. Fourthly, in the worldly view, He would have agreed to his wishes and passed on him to the next disciple, but didn’t. Jesus instead exercised His authority and responded to the purpose of the moment. Fifthly, Peter changed his mind based on Jesus’ focus on honoring His Father’ purpose rather than Peter’s desires. Sixthly, Jesus continued to finish washing their feet. Lastly, He then demonstrated the purpose behind his behavior.

Servant-leadership is Christ-centered to the core. As Jesus was centered around His Father’s heart, so are we around Jesus’ heart. Leadership first center’s around following the authority in one’s life before exercising the outcome. Servant leadership reaches out to uplift those around you as Jesus instructs. No job is too small nor too large when He is your primary focus. He will provide you with the wisdom, support, and heart to serve those around you. You just need to remain in Him and trust Him for the outcome. Our role is to be the hands and feet while the Holy Spirit works.

As Mother Teresa would so often state, when she served those with leprosy, she would look into their face and see the face of Jesus. That is a perfect example of servant leadership.  

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
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What is Real Servant-Leadership?

       “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.

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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.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Executive Director & Founder
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
 *  Unequally Married

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