We have reached the middle of the month of May. If you are like me, you are probably wondering where the first half of the month went. The months seem to go faster and faster. Slow down and take a deep breath as you seek God’s guidance for your focus for the rest of the month.
“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
~ Mark 10:43-45
If you were to read the above scripture in some Bibles, it would be red-lettered indicating that Jesus spoke the words. Since Jesus spoke the words, I am going to say they are probably as true for us today as for the world he was encountering during his time on earth.
The words are quite revolutionary. The natural expectations of society are turned upside down with leadership being characterized as service instead of being served. Of course we serve those who are above us….or those who can do things for us, but the true test is whether or not we willingly serve those who are “beneath us.”
Please don’t think I am using the term “beneath” disparagingly. I am using it to describe rank or position, not the quality of person….for God created each one of us with a specific purpose and role that we are to fulfill.
The passage reiterates the same message that had previously been expressed in the conversations Jesus had with his disciples. But, with one addition! Jesus adds the word “slave.”
He says that to be great we must become slaves.
So instead of those the leader leads being subordinate to him or her, the leader actually becomes subordinate to them. Truly a revolutionary thought in our world today and in the world when Jesus was on earth.
At the end of the passage, we see Jesus making a statement about his mission while he was here. His mission was to serve and ultimately, to give his life for many.
As nonprofit and ministry leaders, we need to remember that Jesus is our example for leadership, in everything we do. Sometimes this is going to be challenging as we have the world whispering to us that we should be honored, respected and revered for our work.
No worries. Recognize that your number one job is always to represent Christ…to be the image of Christ that people around you see. To be that image requires servanthood.
Look for opportunities to serve others, particularly in situations and on occasions when the world says you should be exactly the opposite. Let your actions and attitude speak louder than your words.
Sweet Blessings to You, My Friend.