Mark 10:42 – 45 (NLT)
So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Leading in ministry consists of serving others. As leaders, we often grow weary of constant requests and inquiries. We forget one of the most important characteristics of a leader is serving.
We forgot Christ told us in order to lead we must serve. We are here to be an example. Our witness on the job as a leader can lead someone to Christ. If we desire to be great leaders we must be humble enough to serve. We must look to our number one leader and think of His ultimate service and sacrifice. Christ paid a huge debt by giving His life for our sins. He served us by teaching us right from wrong. He broke God’s word down into parables so we could understand. He even left us with the Holy Spirit to continue to guide us.
How many times have we become annoyed because someone did not understand our instructions? We must look to Christ’s example. He consistently provided real world examples of God’s word so that we could understand. Christ loved us so much and showed true leadership by never giving up on us.
We were desperately hopeless without Christ. How many times have we moved quickly to anger or revenge because someone disobeyed our instructions? Even when we completely disobeyed Christ or did not follow His explicit instructions, He still served us without hesitation. This is what makes Him the ultimate leader and our number one example.
I am guilty of not serving as a leader. This made me a poor leader. However, from this day forward, I will remember Christ’s sacrifice and example of pure leadership. In order to lead we must first serve.
So, are you serving or leading?