Christ Calls for Servant Leaders

Daily God Walk for Wednesday, September 7, 2011

 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles Lord it over them 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 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.” – Matthew 20:25-28

 There are many models for evangelism among believers today, but the most successful are those built around serving the ones they are evangelizing.

A church in Los Angeles developed an outreach they called “adopt a block.” They would choose a block in the area of their church and begin a project of cleaning it up. They would ask the residents if there was anything they could do for them. It was a poor neighborhood with much need. As they served that neighborhood many people were added to the kingdom.

The best workplace evangelist I know is my wife. She is a true servant evangelist. She overheard one woman in her workplace comment that she loved dark chocolate. One morning when this woman arrived at work there was a dark chocolate candy bar on her desk. That candy bar opened a friendship which led to that woman giving her heart to Christ.

I know Jesus wasn’t primarily referring to evangelism when he spoke to his disciples about servant leadership, but the application is very appropriate. He spoke of the way of the Gentiles, or simply the world around us today, and indicated they lead by lording it over people. He contrasts that style of leading with his own life.

When we lead people by serving them we can lead them to the kingdom of God. That is what Jesus did. The people came to him because of how he served them. He healed them; he fed them; he comforted them and he gave them hope.

Serving others will give us the opportunity to lead them into the kingdom of God. If we desire to be great in God’s kingdom then we must master the art of serving others. 

 Prayer: God, grant me the grace to be a servant leader. Amen.

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