Seeing the Hero in Being a Servant


As we set out on the pursuit of significance—to do something big for God—we learn that the heart of leadership is service.

Our heroes are most often the strong and valiant, but Jesus gave his followers a different ideal: “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—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”  (Matt. 20:25–28).

We set out on the pursuit of significance—to do something big for God—only to find that this Heart Journey that God will take us on at the Halftime Institute moves in the exact opposite direction of our first-half assent up the corporate ladder. Part of the “detox” that we must be prepared for is taking internal steps downward to find deeper satisfaction pursuing significance as a servant.

It’s Saturday morning. I drop my daughter Jennie off early for soccer practice and skip over to the bakery shop for breakfast and time to read and reflect. I notice the mentally handicapped man who wipes tables, and as our eyes make contact, I smile, hold the garbage container open for him since his hands are full, and ask him how his day is going. I thank him for the work he is doing. The heroic moments in my inner world now are times like this when I find myself treating a handicapped man who wipes tables with just as much respect as I do the CEO's that I coach through Halftime.

These are the changes I most long to see in my heart, even more than accomplishing big things that may be apparent to thousands, and only God can make these heart changes happen.

Written by: Lloyd Reeb, Author of From Success to Significance

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