What is a Leader? Servant

In my post last week I defined a Leader in the church:


A servant who uses their credibility and capabilities to influence people toward their God-given direction.


Why servant? Maybe it’s obvious to you but in the event it’s not, here’s why servant leadership is worth stating.


Jesus taught this out in Matthew 20:25-28. In verse 25 He said:


Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it (their leadership) over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.


He went on to say in verse 26 “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.”


@@Jesus redefined leadership from status to service, from get out to give out, from renown to ransom.@@


And in verse 27 & 28 Jesus gave us the essence of leadership:


“…and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”


Can you think of a true servant leader that you know? Are you this kind of leader? If your answer is no, how can you take some steps in this direction? Only then can you raise up these kind of leaders. Before we move on to see how credibility and capabilities lead to influence, we have to trust in servant leadership.