And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors (Luke 22:25, ESV)
Jesus had a following in the days of His earthly life. He was a Leader and is the Master Leader to show us what leadership is from God’s perspective. He addresses the typical leadership style of the world in the verse above. The gentile kings lead by exercising lordship over their followers. He then adds “But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves” (Luke 22:26, ESV). He makes a sharp contrast between what God calls leadership and what we do on earth as leaders.
He says in God’s kingdom, the leader does not lord over the followers. He serves them. Strange, really strange. The overwhelming majority of leadership in our world is not service but lordship. Jesus explained this concept further using His life as an example:
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45, ESV)
Jesus came to serve, not to be served. How did He serve? He WORKED FOR OUR BENEFIT by dying on the cross for us. Service is simply working for the benefit of others. In Jesus’ leadership team, the leader is the servant. In our typical worldly leadership team, the leader is the lord. We should learn from the Master. Whether leadership in Church, at home or at the national level, the world will be such a BETTER PLACE if leaders could just learn this one lesson from the Master. The leader is the servant of the people, not their lord.
Think about this for a moment: why do most people aspire for positions of leadership?
APPLY THE WORD
The leader’s heart is to be humble and willing to do whatever is needed for the benefit of the people. He is never too high up there for any needful task. Servants, not lords, rank very high in God’s kingdom. Lead your home, that business, church, group, or even city or nation with the lessons from the Master and the results will speak for themselves.
Ask the Lord to help you become a better leader in whatever capacity you are currently leading right now.