Day 195 – Servanthood
On: May 14, 2015   |   By: SWLadmin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

Looking through chapter 14 inexorably leads me to the conclusion that, if we are to be disciples of Jesus, we must be the servant of those around us. There is an unavoidable link between the two. It is only when we humble ourselves that we will find ourselves equipped to carry out effectivly the work of the Kingdom of God.

This will need to play out both in a church environment and in the places we spend our every days. I confess, I’m not sure how it sits alongside all the pomp and splendour of the traditional areas of the Church of England, to which I belong. Similarly, in a work environment, the expectancy that leaders lord it over their minnions is way adrift from what I understand to be Jesus’s teaching and example.

All of us, in one way or another, are leaders, and servant leadership, so perfectly modelled by Jesus, is something that we all need to work through in our own context.

For myself, I don’t always find it easy. I’m a “boss”, but I sometimes struggle to get the balance right between firm leadership from the front, and a gentler understanding of my team’s challenges.

When I did some senior executive training, a while back, the qualities that I valued suggested there would be times when my role, as Chief Operating Officer, would have to override my values.

This is a potential dilemma, but one that I have managed, so far, to balance. A day may come, of course, when the clash between what I see as servant leadership, and the demands of the business I work for, are irreconcilable. That will be the day I need to move on.

Servant leadership should not be mistaken for being a doormat, though. Jesus often comes over as pretty tough, especially with those who should have known better (the religious leaders of the day).  Such leadership, whether we are leading one person or a thousand, needs to worked out on a daily basis – on our knees before Him who will supply all our needs.

the greatest among you will be your servant Matthew 23:11

whoever wants to become great among you, must be your servant Mark 10:43

anyone who wants to first must be the very last, and the servant of all  Mark 9:35

“I am the Lord’s servant” Mary answered Luke 1:38

whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me John 12:26

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ Romans 1:1

Jesus made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant Philippians 2:7

the angel said to John: “I am a fellow servant with you” Revelation 22:9

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