Mark 9:33-35 “And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest. And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.”
Leading by example. I have known some great leaders in my time. Without fail, everyone of them were not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get in the fray with those they led. It was not a token opportunity for a photo op to show that they can get their hands dirty. It was a time to get close to those they led to understand their view; take on a perspective they don’t normally get an opportunity to see.
I have learned that pride; that insidious monster, can rear its ugly head when I am looking more to promote myself instead of glorifying God. Pride can kill more opportunities, deflate any true rejoicing, and suck the life out of any true fellowship that could have been shared.
Commanding someone to do something can only work when you have their complete trust and they are truly believing that the goal is worthy and the work is the only path to reach that goal. Casting a vision for all to see that goal and promoting a team effort to reaching that goal will show the way to success.
Great leaders never decalred themselves to be such. Jesus always pointed to the fact that He was here to fulfill the Father’s will – not His. He always promoted the Father, not Himself. Though while here on this earth He was fully God, He submitted Himself to the role of servant.
Philippians 2:5-8 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
Today, as we prepare to take our place with the body of Christ we call the church, serve your God-ordained position well by serving those within your responsibility. Love them. Care for them. Know what their needs are and work to fill them.