28th MAY 2020
But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant [Matthew 20:26 NLT].
When we think about leadership, we quickly think about all the perks we will enjoy in a specific position. Even as far back as primary school, the class prefect was the coolest person. He/She commanded respect and gained a lot of friends because they could determine whether or not you would get punished by the teacher. People want to enter into politics and become leaders so they can live flashy lives and control people.
I’m sure the mother of James and John only wanted the very best for her sons as she requested for them to sit in places of honour with Jesus. And I’m sure the boys were very pleased with their mother’s petition. They could see themselves, ordinary fishermen, now rulers, highly respected and most of all, sitting side by side with their dearly beloved master, teacher and friend.
Jesus’ reply to what true leadership is was quite contrary to what we have seen and experienced. He 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 become your slave. 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.”
Leaders do the dirty work so their followers can have a better life and better opportunities.
Leadership is a position of humility and service. Leaders bear the weight and burden so others can be set free. In fact, that is exactly what Jesus did when He went to the cross. His service to humanity cost Him His life. If we want to be great, we must follow the example of Christ. Our lives must be spent so others can get ahead.
Father, thank You for bestowing upon me the high calling of leadership. Holy Spirit, please help me to give my life for the benefit of others, Amen.
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