Word for Today – Servant Leadership

Joshua 1:7
7 Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do [everything] in accordance with the entire law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may prosper and be successful wherever you go.

When we think of leadership today we think about power, money, position maybe bodyguard to go along with that, a nice corner office with beautiful leather seats, it’s all about me, me, me but that is not what leadership is all about. Yesterday we said that leadership is a calling from God that we need to answer and embrace. Accepting the call means we are servants of God ready to serve in the direction that he points and He will always point us to serve His people.

It is interesting to note that before Joshua takes over to lead Israel, we see him as a man always available to serve Moses. He was always there when he was needed and he always followed the instructions he was given. Joshua was a man who walked in faith despite what was before him. It was Joshua and Caleb who came back with a good report after spying the land in Numbers 14 while the other 10 came with a bad report that showed fear and unbelief in the camp. Joshua always had a servant’s heart and he was a man of faith no wonder God chose him to take over after Moses.

Matthew 20:25-28
25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles have absolute power and lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them [tyrannizing them]. 26 It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, 27 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your [willing and humble] slave; 28 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 [paying the price to set them free from the penalty of sin].”

As Jesus told and demonstrated to His disciples, Leadership is not about absolute power and loading it over the people. It is not about you the leaders but about the people you are leading. Jesus said he did not come to be served but to serve and that is the same attitude he expected of His disciples. As a leader who has embraced the call to lead Gods people, remember you are a servant called to serve the people to give your life for their sake, what a privilege and an honor!