Who likes being called a servant? I don’t think anyone likes being called that. It is degrading and just down right embarrassing. But this is the thing, God wants us to be servant leaders. Get it, SERVANT leaders! Somewhere down the line, the definition of true leadership has been lost. We have leaders who don’t talk to their flock. We have leaders who will not dare take advise from a mere feeble “commoner”. We have leaders who live in another world who cannot be touched and spoken to. Their security detail (oh excuse me, I mean protocol team) are the ones who decide who is fit or dressed well enough or eloquent enough to speak to the Man of God!!! Something is very wrong with this picture, very wrong!
One of the most important traits of a leader is being able to serve. A real leader is able to serve. Listen to how one of the greatest leaders in history is addressed by God Almighty,
And Israel saw the great work which the Lord did against the Egyptians, and the people [reverently] feared the Lord and trusted in (relied on, remained steadfast to) the Lord and to His servant Moses.
After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses minister,
Moses My servant is dead. So now arise [take his place], go over this Jordon, you and all this people, into the land which I am giving to them, the Israelites.
Moses was a servant leader. Another thing to note about a servant leader is, it’s not so much what you do but what is in your heart. Moses had a heart to serve. Do you have a heart to serve and not just the rich and famous but anybody from the youngest to the poorest? If not you are not fit to be called a leader!!!
As a leader are you able to listen to and serve anyone? If a child had to ask you to get something would you do it?
If a poor person asked you to get something for them would you do it?
A servant leader does not look at himself or herself anymore but looks at what they can do for others.
Are you that person?
This is what Jesus says about being a leader,
And Jesus called them to Him and said, You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men hold them in subjection [tyrannizing over them].
Not so shall it be among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your slave –
Just as the Son of Man came not to be waited on but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many [the price paid to set them free].
Being a servant-leader is not easy. It takes sacrifice. It requires you die to yourself!
Jesus washed His disciples feet. It must of been a humbling experience for Him but He did it. John 13:3 says,
[That] Jesus, knowing (fully aware) that the Father had put everything into His hands, and that He had come from God and was [now] returning to God,
Jesus knew exactly who He was yet in that understanding He still washed the disciples feet. Knowing that you are someone great and then serving someone is one thing but knowing you are the Son of God and washing your servants feet is something entirely different!!!
As I end I would like you to think about what kind of leader you are.
A servant leader is someone who thinks about other people more than he or she thinks about themselves. Is that you?