Lead by Serving
Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God… After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. John 13:3, 5
A servant of the Lord is secure in his service to others. Thus, those with the power share the power when they serve. Jesus showed the way. He knew He was the most powerful person in the room, but He leveraged His position for those around Him. He modeled humble service, so His followers would be inspired to follow His example. Jockeying over power is jettisoned when humility supersedes pride, gratitude overwhelms getting, and the glory of God is preeminent.
Are you caught up in power plays and politicking for a position at work, in your church or any other organization? If so, let go of the drive to win and win over your competition with your heart to serve. Be reluctant to seek a role with greater responsibility, let it come to you. You are effectively equipped to handle power when it doesn’t have control over you. You lead best in a position of authority when you first bow to the authority of Almighty God. Lead by serving.
The greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. Luke 22:26
Are you weighed down by the weight of leadership? Perhaps you pray about a partner or successor who can share the burden of being the person in charge. Trust the Lord to send you someone with a complimentary skill set who can earn the respect of the team. One plus one equals ten when two willing leaders join forces for the benefit of the whole. Yes, share the power with another servant of Jesus and enjoy the wise stewardship of spreading the responsibilities.
Moreover, you may need to step away completely, so the team will take ownership and lead the movement or organization beyond your capability. Leaders who let go gain the most, but leaders who hang on too long hang themselves. Your greatest service of all may be your exit strategy. Trust God to lead you to your next assignment and bring behind you His next humble leader full of energy and ideas. The legacy of your leadership will linger long, even after the memories of how you served!
Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28
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