HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. — Luke 22:26
This verse states a view that is so different than what the world practices. According to the world, a leader is to have special privileges and to be treated better than everyone else. I don’t share that idea and I will not be drawn into such an idea to be above others. I believe that leadership involves everyone even though you may be the boss of the organization. A coworker thought that she didn’t need to do as much work because she had “paid her dues for over thirty years.” It only caused dissent with the other coworkers. Wouldn’t you love to arrive at work someday and find your boss cleaning? Or how about the husband who doesn’t feel like he needs to help around the house because he is the “king of his castle?” Wouldn’t you love to have your husband cook you dinner after you’ve spent a long day with the kids? And what if he did that often? Now that’s serving up love!
Why are these scenarios so unusual? I think that it’s because we have a messed up idea of leadership–and a messed up idea about service. The world seems to see service as a form of weakness. Jesus tells us and shows us that service is a sign of strength–it takes inner strength to serve those around us. It’s a very humbling experience. Leaders who think they are above serving are simply afraid of their weaknesses.
Christ tells us that our leadership should be different than what the world expects. We shouldn’t gloat over being above anyone else but use our place in life to help others. The best leaders or teachers are the ones who can admit when they are wrong or they don’t know the answer. Then, because they are leaders, they work to find the correct answers and lead people down the right path. The more you engage with your coworkers or employees your leadership will be easier and you will be more appreciated. However, if you play a boss your employees will resent you and you will get the least from them.
Look at the leadership examples around you. Do they tend to be humble or haughty? Take a look at your own leadership style.
- If you’re a parent, how do you lead your children?
- As a wife, how do you serve your husband?
- Husbands, how do you serve your wives?
Service isn’t just a sign of humility but of love as well. Good leadership requires love. It’s a love outside of us–God’s love. Ask God for his love to empower and guide your leadership and relationships with people. Follow him, for he is our ultimate servant-leader.