1 Kings 12:6-7 “And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people? And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.”
The way up is down.
Sounds like an oxymoron, I know; but, it is true – according to God’s Word. Jesus was and is our example in this life. He taught that to serve is the highest form of leadership. So much so, that He took up a basin filled with water and set Himself to wash the disciples’ feet.
John 13:14-15 “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.”
Had it been the Father’s will, Jesus could have led the multitudes to crown Him their king. But that was not His purpose. It was to seek and to save the lost. How He lived, and how He showed us how to live was not through power and subservience, but through humility, truth, and love. His liver exuded as much.
Philippians 2:5-9 “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.”
It takes a while for a different form of thinking to take hold. This paradigm shift did not match up with an acceptable way of thinking. Jesus even rebuked His disciples for the path their minds had taken them.
Mark 9:34-35 “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.”
If this principle were to be applied across our governments; what a difference that would make! A servant of the people instead of a servant of the cause that will support him or her the most, or aligns with their philosophy or lifestyle.
Under the banner of embracing diversity, we, here in America, have promoted wickedness and denounce that which God calls good.
Isaiah 5:20 “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
We wonder why there is such turmoil in our country?
Proverbs 17:13 “Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.”
I have a vote and a voice and I will use both to stand as God has commanded to tell the truth to any and all that will hear.
Opposition will come, and some will be offended to hear such things as Biblical truth. Mainly because it speaks against their lifestyle and choices, but even more sobering, that there are consequences for our actions.
Pure and perfect justice can only be understood by those who are saved.
1 Corinthians 2:14-15 “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.”
Much money is being made by those who teach and train in leadership. Many philosophies are touted, and some have considerable merit. But, God has the way for those who lead – and that way is as a humble servant.
Within the church, there are those who are gifted and talented to lead. We must not exalt them above measure, but, instead, serve alongside them. Leaders should be the epitome of servitude.
In our text, Rehoboam found out very quickly, that the young men’s counsel not only didn’t hold water with the people but brought about a very swift judgment because he failed to consult God. Solomon, his father, opened the door to his rebellious ways of going after many strange women that God had told him was forbidden.
What the parent does in moderation, the child will do in excess.
When the leader leads by example, they pave the way for others to follow. When those who lead eat last, serve others and stay to clean up; they earn the right to delegate that task to someone who will take it up with gladness because they saw their leader thought it a worthy job to do it themselves.
Elevate, praise, and honor your workers, and you will never be wanting for followers.