Leader is a Servant”
Scripture Reference: Matthew 20: 25-28; Joshua 1: 1 –
2; 1 Kings 19: 19 – 21; Luke 22: 24 – 30
All effective, Godly leadership starts from the position of a servant. Jesus explains it this way, “Whosoever
will be chief (a leader) among you will be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister and to give his life a ransom for many”. The life of Christ is filled with examples of how Jesus did not come to receive gifts and blessings, but to be a gift and a blessing sent from God to prosper mankind. As a result of this posture of servant first, Jesus never lacked in having his needs met. God caused men to give generously to Jesus as he fulfilled his calling as the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Miracles followed Jesus’ life as he served the Father and ministered to God’s people.
In the old covenant, Moses is continuously referred to as “the servant of God”. His life after the burning bush is spent in service to God by bringing the Children of Israel out of Egypt’s bondage. God, himself, was pleased with Moses’ position and service as a servant to the point he declared that Moses was “faithful in all his house”. That means that Moses was committed to serve God in whatever capacity God appointed him to fulfill. God’s call to service always involved Moses serving his fellow Israelite in some form or fashion. Elisha, like Joshua, began his ministry as a servant to the servant of God. As a result of faithful service, both men were elevated to prophetic ministry that would touch the entire nation of Israel. God honors men and women who know how to lead through their service.