Thursday, May 23, 2013

Come to Serve

Leadership, according to most people, means going first, preparing the way and setting the bar high. However, the Bible paints a different picture of leadership in Christ. Christ did not come to lead armies or to build an empire. Instead, he came to serve.

When two of the disciples asked him if they could be at his right and left in the Kingdom, Jesus said that those positions were not His to grant. He said that the kings of the world lorded their power over their people, but that God's kingdom required something different of its leaders. He said that those who wished to become great must first be servants.

Being a good leader means figuring out how to best serve those around you. Sometimes this can be uncomfortable, and sometimes we find ourselves doing things that are contrary to our initial desires. However, service brings glory to God and not to ourselves. Even when we are uncomfortable, God is at work. When we put others first, God is at work. God is glorified in our servanthood.

How might you better serve those around you?

Today's Verse
Mark 10: 42-45
Jesus called them together and said, "You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over the,, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

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