Leadership: I Wonder if We Got It Wrong?
Pastors, we talk, preach and make much about leadership and how to be great leaders. But I wonder if we have it wrong? I wonder if our view of leadership is more like that of the pagan Romans than that of Jesus.
During the Passover, Jesus’ disciples were talking to Jesus about leading and leadership and asked him who would be the greatest leaders among the disciples. Let’s eavesdrop on the greatest conversation about leadership EVER.
▪ Then they began to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest among them. Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’ But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.” Luke 22:24-26 NLT
According to Jesus, the Eternal Son of God, leadership is about being a servant. And just in case we don’t know what being a servant is, Jesus taught us to be a living example.
1. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then, he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.
2. “And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet.” John 13:4-5; 14 NLT
Pastors, beyond preaching, whose feet are we washing? Pastors, as Jesus said, “But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.”