" . . . Instead, the greatest among you should be
like the youngest, and the one who rules like
the one who serves. For who is greater, the one
who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it
not the one who is at the table? But I am among
you as one who serves" - Luke 22:26b-27.
Jesus' last words to His disciples before His crucifixion were lessons about leadership and its connection to service. Jesus confronted the thinking that service is below leadership and the two should and could not combine but Jesus saw service as the antidote to leadership abuse and power. What's more, Jesus indicated that His 'greatness' did not emanate from His postion or power, but from His mission, which was one of service. Leaders must all work through their attitude toward service and, if they are to be great like Jesus indicated, position themselves to serve others as the youngest in a family could be the servant of all his or her elders.
LEADERSHIP STEP: One way to serve others is to take an interest in their future and use your position, power and experience to help them see it come to pass. This requires you being a good listener and taking the time to hear the dreams and aspirations of those closest to you. Today schedule some time with one or two of your closest followers and talk to them about them and how you can help them get to where they believe God wants them to be professionally.