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The Servant Leader

Focus: Matthew 20:26-28 - KJV

26. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27. And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28. Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.


John 13:4-15


Happy New Month to us in this year of great triumph. May this month be one that gives us an edge over the enemy in all matters, in Jesus’ name. Today, the Lord will rather that we emulate Him in our leadership endeavors. He made it clear that He never came to be served but to serve. Hence, even though He was the master, rather than boss the disciples around, He cared for them instead. For instance, prior to going to the cross, He laid the example of servanthood by washing the feet of the disciples rather than they washing His own. It means therefore, that the expectation of the Lord, particularly for His Church, is that the leaders would serve the flock, lifting them from their vulnerable states and doing all humanly possible to put them in some comfort relatively. To wash the feet is to cleanse the dirt gathered from sojourning, not hacking down based on the extent of dirt brought back into the house. Christ did not care where those feet had been to: all He concerned Himself with was to bring the feet of those He led back to a clean state. They ought not be allowed to retire for the day with filthy feet.


How is this applicable to us as the followers of Christ? The Lord has told us that since a servant is not greater than his master, we are meant to emulate His example. In whatever leadership position we occupy, we are to treat our subordinates with chaste and not like nonentities. David was a leader who first did not care what happened to his subordinates when he said he was thirsty and the only water that would quench the thirst was to be from a well in the enemy’s territory. When eventually the water was brought, he had a brain reset to realize he was about to drink blood and therefore poured the water out unto God. Sending your subordinates on hard pursuits may not be a way to serve God in them. Making it easier for them to accomplish their tasks by putting your experience and expertise at their disposal to make the task lighter for them, is the way to go. Baby sit them where necessary. Don’t prepare them to fail so as to want to use it to mock them or make them appear unworthy. Be like Christ: serve them; wash their feet; do not put your feet on their heads or shoulders to wash. That is not Christ-like.


The Lord will aid us to operate with hearts of love in our leadership roles to gain everyone around us for Christ by it, in Jesus’ name. Whatever position we have attained, as they have come from God, may we never be demoted in Jesus’ name. As we continue in the love of Christ, the Lord will continue to promote us amongst men in the name of Jesus Christ. This month shall be to us the beginning of a great harvest of obedience unto God in the name of Jesus. We shall show forth like the tree planted by the river and never lack any good thing, in Jesus’ name.


SOLUTION: Serve God by serving those He has appointed you to lead. Lift their burdens and do not add to it. Burdening the follower is a big seed sown against the will of God and the harvest is never a good one. Avoid the harvest of evil works. Serving them does not make you subservient to them. Sow kindness, be a servant leader.


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