I do hope you have enjoyed the first two posts in this series. You can read them here and here.

3. LEADERSHIP IS NOT LORDSHIP, IT’S SERVANTHOOD. This actually is a corollary to the previous point (see yesterday’s post). As leaders, we are not lords, we are servants! How that needs to be etched afresh in our hearts in this self-serving 21st century (end-time) culture.

Jesus came saying, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servants. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28)

In this kingdom to which we belong, we operate by a different set of rules. Our own leadership begins with service. In fact, it continues and ends there. Not that as leaders we become doormats, no! It just means that for us to lead at the highest level, we are willing and ready to serve on the lowest. We do not wear a chip on our shoulders. We are as ready to be in the spotlight as we are to take the towel and wash the feet of the people we serve, (that is, to do the most mundane of jobs) like our ultimate role-model (Jesus Christ) did on that night a couple thousand years ago (see John 13:3-7, 12-17). Oh, please open your Bible and read this story again. It would refresh your mind.)

The way UP here, dear co-labourer is DOWN. We give up to go up! That’s the way it is here. We serve to lead and how much of a buzzword that has become today in management circles – servant-leadership. I tell you something, this is where they got it from!

“The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors’. But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.” (Luke 22:25-27)

Think again about these words of Jesus and measure yourself. YOU WILL SUCCEED!


About Yomi Olufiade

My passion, dear friend, is to help you find, follow and fulfill God’s purpose for your life. Not only that, I also want to help you achieve tremendous success with your God-ideas and assignment through this medium via the life-changing truths of the Word of God. I’m sure you won’t remain the same again after interacting with me.

Posted on January 18, 2012, in Attitude, Bible, Christian Leadership, Church, Dreams, Faith, Inspiration, Leadership, Mentoring, Ministry, Preaching, Success and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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