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SERVANT LEADERSHIP

April 21, 2014

Monday

 

What is servant leadership? The concept of servant leadership begins by being a servant first. A servant leader must first learn to serve before taking on a leadership position. Servant leaders serve because they are motivated by love and humility. Jesus is the perfect example of servant leadership. Jesus humbled himself and became a servant of all.

 

Matthew 20:25-26
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,

 

 

EXAMPLE

 

John Kenneth Galbraith, in his autobiography, A Life in Our Times, illustrates the devotion of Emily Gloria Wilson, his family’s housekeeper: It had been a wearying day, and I asked Emily to hold all telephone calls while I had a nap. Shortly thereafter the phone rang. Lyndon Johnson was calling from the White House. “Get me Ken Galbraith. This is Lyndon Johnson.” “He is sleeping, Mr. President. He said not to disturb him.” “Well, wake him up. I want to talk to him.” “No, Mr. President. I work for him, not you. When I called the President back, he could scarcely control his pleasure. “Tell that woman I want her here in the White House.”

– Houghton Mifflin

 

LESSON

 

Our Lord is saying; don’t seek status by political power play. Don’t try to climb some ladder based on who you know. Don’t seek it by audacious ambition. Don’t overstate confidently your abilities. Don’t seek it by dominant dictatorship. Don’t just try to pull rank on people and shove them around. And don’t use your natural capabilities, your natural personality characteristics to manipulate and move people around. Don’t do that.

If you would be great, learn the lesson that Jesus teaches in verse 22. That before honor is humility, that before you ever know the crown, you drink the cup. And that the way to be exalted is the way of humility, it’s the way of lowliness. It’s not seeking those things. But it’s seeking to know God and to humbly walk with Him that allows God to lift you up. That’s His way.

 

 

Memory Verse: John 3:30

 

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