Thursday, June 4
Be a Servant Leader
Read Luke 22:24-27. Even as the disciples were preparing for the Lord Supper, they were arguing about who among them would be the greatest in the Kingdom. How does Jesus respond to their foolishness, and what is so revolutionary about His reply?
Jesus’ answer is unique in the history of leadership. Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Alexander, Julius Caesar, napoleon and Genghis Khan all saw leadership in terms of power and authority over others. That’s pretty much how the world has always worked in regard to power.
“’But not so among you; on the contrary,”’ said Jesus, “’he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as how who serves”’ (Luke 22:26, NKJV). In so saying, the Lord of the universe reversed the definition of leadership: “’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. 20:26-28, NKJV).
In so defining servanthood and self-denial as the core principles of His way and His leadership, Jesus introduced a new dynamic to human relation; fulfillment comes not from the power but from service; leadership derives this authority not from position but from servanthood; transformation begins not with the throne but with the cross. TO live is to die (John 12:24).
In Luke 9:46-48 something similar arose among Jesus’ disciples about who would be the greatest. The principles of the world were still firmly entrenched in His disciples’ minds.
The Master’s answer gets to the heart of the problem and poses one of the most difficult challenges in life in general and in the Christian life in particular. Jesus’ words, especially the part about being the “’least among you”’ (vs. 48) shoe hoe completely backward the world’s priorities are.
With the principles of the world so utterly opposite of what Jesus taught here, how are we to survive if we implement His principles in our won lives?