SERVANT LEADERWeekly Posts
Mark 10:43 “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant”
In this current season of my life, there is a degree of blessing and leadership. Me and my wife Claire lead a Lifegroup every other week, I lead the youth ministry with a great team and I get the opportunity to preach from time to time. However where a lot of this ‘leadership’ can be seen in my life, what a lot of people do not see are the years of service behind it all and which continues now.
I find that a lot of us are pursuing leadership (myself included), but the funny thing is; we were never called to lead… we were only ever called to SERVE. But at the heart of it, that’s exactly what leadership is, the ability to serve, support and resource others. The more you lead, the more you serve, because there is more to be responsible for. To become a leader, you must first become a servant. The problem is, many people like the idea of leadership but are not interested in the serving that comes first.
I think what serving comes down to at the end of the day is not how much we can give, but how much we can live on. What serving demands from us is a certain expenditure from our lives, whether it be time, money, food, resources, energy, emotions. It’s about how willing we are to be inconvenienced, to go out of our way for someone, to go the extra mile. Most of us like the idea of loving people, but only within the constraints of our convenience.
But get this people…love is not easy! Making a difference in someone’s life does not come cheaply, it is often very messy, tiring, expensive and emotional. But the difference made far outweighs the sacrifice made for them. When we choose to tithe to church (give 10% of all income), it’s actually more about the 90% than the 10%. We are choosing to ‘lessen’ our lives by living on just the 90%. Similarly whenever we serve in any other way, it’s not about how much we give but how much we are left with. How much time, energy & resource is left in your life after your ‘serving’?
The reason why I rant about this, is because we preach and talk about it all the time, but often people just don’t get it! People often pursue ‘glam-serving’, where they are instantly promoted to a leadership position, whether it be on stage or leading a group, but are then even unwilling to go out of their way to help a friend. Here’s a familiar Bible passage… would you literally cross the road to help someone in need? To be inconvenienced? To be late to where you were going? To look stupid or uncool? Because that’s what love requires, love requires us to sacrifice everything within us for sake of the person in need.
Mark 1:40-42 “A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean. Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured”
What was it that healed the man? It wasn’t because Jesus was compassionate, it was because he was willing! “If you are willing” then man stated. Your compassion will NEVER change anyone’s life, if it is not combined with willingness. Would you touch a man with leprosy? Would you sacrifice your health and risk contaminating yourself to bring someone’s healing?
Are you willing…really?