Serve to Lead

Mark 10:43-45
“But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Leadership and greatness from Gods perspective is so much different from the way we see it. When we think about leadership, many times we think about titles and positions. We think about privileges and what we will be able to gain from our position.

Jesus reminds us that greatness is about servant hood. The greatest people in Gods kingdom are those who are able to serve others with a pure motive. In Gods kingdom to be the first you must be a slave to all meaning it has got nothing to do with you it’s all about those whom you are able to serve.

In Kenya today we are a few days to the election and how I wish we would all grasp Gods perception of leadership especially all those who are fighting hard for the top seats so as to be leaders in various capacities in this nation. Leadership is about service to those whom you are leading. It is not about the titles and the money and the flashy things that attract many to the positions of leadership. A great leader is one who understands the needs of those he is leading, a great leader is one who is then able to meet those needs as he serves his people.

Jesus did exactly what he is telling us to do for when He came, He came not to be served but He came to serve to the point of offering his life as a ransom for many. Those he came to lead and serve were more important than His own life.

We are all leaders in one way or another. Some may have a greater sphere of leadership than others but in some way we are leaders somewhere. How I pray that each one of us, no matter how small our leadership influence is, we would take on the example of Christ to serve those He has allowed us to lead and not put ourselves first.