KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 20:26 (KJV). But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister(servant);”
The Lord explained that to be a leader in the concept of the secular world, one has to be a boss over his subjects. He rules over them and they serve him in every way possible. The Lord said this should not be so among the people of God. Every godly leader is a servant.
Who is a servant? A servant thinks of himself as a lowly one that must render Service. He serves with this attitude “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.” — John 13:14 (KJV)Serving is helping.
Helping is a state of placing great value on the person or people you are serving. True service demands selflessness and humility. Every leader is graced with abilities and unique gifts for the benefit of the people. “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:” — Acts 13:36 (KJV) . Every leader must acknowledge he or she is specifically blessed, not for himself, but to help his people with that blessing. The people must not give you money before ministering healing to them, although they may likewise willingly give to spark up their faith to receive.
Leadership is honourable yet, dispensing leadership is simply sacrificial. Every Christian community, like a church, must understand how spiritual leadership functions. The pastor bears an attitude of giving to the brethren through service, whiles the brethren must honour and highly esteem him, so they could benefit from the spiritual abilities God has deposited in him. The leader must not take advantage of the people. He rather lays his life as a sacrifice for the people. (John 15:13). The leader has a duty to bring the people into their inheritance (Joshua 1:2) Every leader’s highest commitment is not first to the people, but to God, who helps him to be able to rightly help his people. The failure of leadership is neglecting God and His principles. (Joshua 1:8)
THOUGHT: True leadership is about doing God’s will for His people.
Joshua 1:2 (KJV). “Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.”
John 13:4-5 (KJV). He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.