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On Christian Leadership

  

by Steve Taylor

To lead is to serve. It’s as simple as that. There is no place for status-seeking, manipulation, and exploitation. The directives on this subject could not be more clear:

“And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who have authority over them are called `Benefactors.’ “But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant.” (Luke 22:25-26)

There is no place for strong-arm tactics in the body of Christ. True power and influence is found through the fraternal Order of the Towel and Basin. Those with power and authority will not be found at the top of the ladder demanding allegiance and respect; they will be found serving at the bottom through menial tasks.

The powerful example of servant leadership is modeled by the Greatest who chose to be the least. The One who could have rightly wrestled the throne from Caesar chose instead to empty Himself “taking the form of a bond-servant” (Philippians 2:7).

It’s been said that the church is an easy target for status-seekers and power-seekers. Anyone clever enough to make friends and build alliances can quickly assert influence. And yet, according to the teachings of Jesus, the true test of leadership is not found in positions held or persuasive arguments given but rather in humble acts of service to assist the needs of the Body. Spiritual leaders will be found in the trenches, not the boardroom.

To lead is to serve. Compassion and mercy characterize the servant leader, even as it did the ultimate Servant Leader. The lonely figure dragging a heavy wooden cross up a dirt road is our model. The proclaimer of the kingdom ultimately served its cause through lowly service and sacrifice.

May we achieve true greatness through serving according to the pattern of the Great Servant.

by Steve Taylor

You can find additional posts by Pastor Steve Taylor on this site. He writes nearly every day offering sound biblical instruction and encouragement.

2 Responses to “On Christian Leadership”

  1. on 25 Aug 2008 at 8:22 amMark D.

    Steve, I agree whole heartedly with your article. I have heard recently of some who would rather ride rough shod over pastor’s and people of their local fellowships. Trying to rule as a dictator, rather than serve. How this must greive our God, as well as, His son. I pray that our hearts and minds will be on service.
    Mark

  2. on 28 Aug 2008 at 7:12 amPaul FH

    Good article Steve. To lead is to teach and to teach what our Messiah taught us. I think the Sermon on the Mount is a good and simple example:

    Yeshua told us to be:
    1. ‘poor in Spirit” (humility – putting God first & fearing God Prov 3:34),
    Isaiah 66:2
    “For My hand made all these things,
    Thus all these things came into being,” declares the LORD
    “But to this one I will look,
    To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word
    Isaiah 57:15
    For thus says the (high and exalted One
    Who lives forever, whose name is Holy,
    “I dwell on a high and holy place,
    And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit
    In order to revive the spirit of the lowly
    And to revive the heart of the contrite.
    2. ‘Mourners’ – those who cry out for the righteousness of God; for the inauguration of the Kingdom of God
    Isaiah 61:2
    To proclaim the favourable year of the LORD
    And the day of vengeance of our God;
    To comfort all who mourn,
    Isaiah 66:10
    “Be joyful with Jerusalem and rejoice for her, all you who love her;
    Be exceedingly glad with her, all you who mourn over her,
    Isaiah 66:13
    “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you;
    And you will be comforted in Jerusalem.”
    3. ‘Meek’ – not pushy, demanding and aggressive but gentle and accepting, (see Col 2: 12-15)
    4. ‘Pure in heart’ – not easily led astray by our lusts,
    5. ‘Peacemakers’ – make the effort to heal rifts; to empathise & restore relationships,
    6. ‘Salt’ – add righteous preservative to a sinful world by our actions,
    7. ‘Light’ – our God-honouring actions are so much a part of us that they shine out for all to see – our faith is evidenced by our ‘works’ (James 2:18)
    8. ‘Prayerful’ – continue to seek relationship with God and His direction in our lives
    9. ‘Care for our enemies’ – help, support and encourage those who are not our brothers & sisters in the Lord Yeshua
    10. ‘Be righteous’ – obedience to ‘Christ’s laws’ (1 Cor 9:21) in all our actions
    11. ‘Resist not evil’ – accept the persecution we receive from unbelievers and not fight back …

    Let us all continue to ‘Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness!’

  

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