“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.”
My wife and I recently enrolled our son, Blake, at pre-school. He loves it and has a blast, but – let me just say it – getting a 3-year-old ready for school can be stressful, especially when you’re running late!
On one particular morning, we were running way behind schedule and I quickly shoved his sneakers on his feet, but I didn’t realize that I had put them on the wrong feet! Poor Blake was tripping and stumbling everywhere.
Sometimes, the way we view leadership can be skewed, and we end up looking like Blake.
We might believe leadership is simply getting other to follow us. As immature leaders, we might think that means we control or dictate the actions of those under our leadership. But that’s not true leadership.
Look at what Jesus has to say about leadership… “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 (Matthew 20:28).”
Even from Day 1, Jesus understood his mission – to serve others.
Now – if I were Jesus (always a scary question to ask myself – haha), I’m not sure if that would have been my motto. I probably would want and/or make sure others served me – after all, I’m the “King of Kings” – and if anyone ever spoke bad about me…
Let’s just thank God I’m not Jesus! But Jesus knew that true leadership comes through serving others, not in being served. Jesus modeled this servant-leader mentality not only during his earthly ministry, but He became the ultimate example by giving up his life for you and I. Now, that’s service.
You see – leadership is really serving others, not others serving us. And it’s in that moment that we serve others that God lifts us up to the highest position that we could’ve ever imagined.
So, today, make the decision to stop “tripping” over yourself trying to control those under your leadership. Rather than asking, “What can I get from people?” ask, “ How can I serve others around me, the same way Jesus did?” – and you’ll see the results are so much more rewarding.