The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
Matthew 23: 11 – 12
My son was given a new testament at his Christening and the Minister had underlined two verses as a guide for life. Yes, it was Mathew 23: 11-12 the verses I have been asked to comment on 31 years later – a God-incidence!
I have adopted these verses as a guide to my leadership journey through life. Often failing but trying not to get puffed up with my own importance but aspire to humility and service of others. Jesus showed this trait easily – for example when washing the feet of the disciples. And yet at the same time he demonstrated being humble while being captivating; humble while being strong; humble while being forceful.
It’s a concept that is often called Servant Leadership a term coined by Robert Greenleaf in the 1970s and one that I think applies well to church leaders and followers and can be used in our workplaces, in our families and in our neighbourhoods.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, as we reflect upon your message to the religious leaders of the day we see those who set a poor example of leadership. Instead, help us Lord to be more like you, humble, service focused and true to our word. Amen
Action: Check out this 2-minute clip on Servant Leadership: https://youtu.be/aKk0AaaFqtU