Jesus the Servant-Leader

“We have all been called to be foot-washers.”

Allan Woods

SERVANTHOOD paves the way, to the discovery of purpose of your creation and confirmation of it.

If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.” (John 12:26).

“Servant leadership” is a buzzword that has been known for years, and is now used by political leaders, to strengthen their voices. Serviceability is therefore an attractive human trait. It is a leadership philosophy aimed at motivating people to develop their tasks to the best of their ability. Serviceable leadership therefore serves the people, by supporting, empowering, liberating, teaching and developing them to lead themselves as well.

This unselfish service is the most characteristic feature of Jesus’ life. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45). As the Son of God, Jesus could have come to demonstrate His rule with power and majesty, and indeed He did. But very different from what we understand power and might to be. He uses His power to heal people, free them from evil, and empower them to become His followers so they may do the same.

“how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38).

Jesus as the Son of God, the Creator of all things, takes on the form of a servant (Phil. 2:4). If the One who created us and knows how we work, how we are put together, will He also not know how to use us best?

We are the most beautiful people when we serve others! (Point).

Jesus’ Service Was Leadership

No matter how much money, prestige, power or talent you have, as long as you serve humanity with it, to heal, liberate and empower people! It’s simple!

Serviceable leadership assumes that I serve first, and then lead in service as an example to others. We should actually omit the titles “leader” from our LinkedIn profile and business cards. For excellence in service is leadership.

Bob Davis tells in probably one of the best speeches about leadership ever made on the famous TED platform: ‘Leadership without ego is a rarest commodity’. He tells of a man named Bob Townsend, who wrote the popular book “Up The Organization”. The book is about the three aspects of a factory that we can control: Money, Time and Quality. Management is the ability to manage these three aspects properly. If you work too fast, quality can decline, if you work too cheaply, quality also decreases, etc.

But what about people? In World War II, Dwight Eisenhower threw a chain at a heap in front of his leaders, asking, “If one were to push this chain, in what direction would it go?” No one could answer that. For no one knows; if you push the chain it can move in any direction. Then he picked up the tip of the chain, and pulled the chain. Now, of course, the chain follows the point. So Jesus came to correct us, by showing us how to live. Jesus does not force His way and lifestyle on us!

True leaders are always servants. Leaders without ego. Furthermore, Bob Davids tells how he worked as the manager of a large factory in China. The workers were laying pipes before the foundation would be thrown. One day he walked by and saw that the pipe they were using did not fall properly, to divert water naturally. He tried to explain, but as a result of the language problem He rather took off his expensive shoes and jumped into the hole to show them how to do it right. In this way he not only gained the respect of the workers, but also established an entirely new standard.

Jesus proceeded to demonstrate His teachings. He came to show us how to live. All His choices were a dress-rehearsal, for how we should live.

We are not servants sometimes but we are essentially servants. Today, parents serve the children more than the children serve the parents. Our economy is suffering because no one wants to serve anymore. Service delivery is low. The day you got your name, you started a business. Your life is the equipment, and empowerment of your own personal business. Your choices, your skills, and how you will ultimately serve humanity will determine what type of income you will earn. The more knowledge, skills, experience and wisdom you acquire, the more people will pay for the excellent service you provide. We spend so much time feeling good, enjoying ourselves, relaxing and serving our own comfort, that we do not realize how barren our lives have become. But go do something for someone, go serve someone you are with. Soon your career and provision will begin to follow.

Service As A Pioneer

Service opens a path for you in life.

But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “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 servant. 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.” (Matt. 20:25–28; Matt. 23:11Matt. 20:28Mark. 10:43–45Luk. 22:2627Mark. 9:35).

Paul followed Jesus’ example: “I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20: 33-35).

James, Jesus’ brother, does not use his association with Jesus as a direct relative to give him more prominence. He calls himself “a servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Jas. 1: 1). The word servant he uses here, “doulos”, literally means bond slave. Someone who voluntarily surrendered himself permanently in the service of his master.

Jesus gives a much more direct and explicit explanation of exactly how few rights a slave had. “And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? But will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded [a]him? I think not. So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.” (Luke 17: 7-10).

What Is A Slave?

• A slave had no rights

• Always had to be polite

• Could not enrich themselves

• Had no property rights of their own

• Never sought their own interest

• Is someone who is constantly on the lookout for the needs of others

• To work for the well-being of other people

The truth is, all these biblical words like “slave” and “servant” make it sound esoteric. In fact, we should become each other’s servants. And we are Christ’s servants. With wealth, we acquire the ability to outsource service and work. We hire someone to do all the usual work so we can focus our time on other things. Jesus leads us in it again, by being His own disciples’ minister and washing their feet. He had to do it physically, to show them physically, you are also going to have to do it physically (John 13: 12–15).

Prosperity is not to make our lives more convenient, but to serve more people through it!

Just think what the world would have looked like if everyone had made time to serve each other physically.

Poverty is only attributed to two things in the Bible: laziness and greed. Serviceability heals us from both! You can not be stingy, greedy or greedy when you serve others. Make time to serve.

A Christian is a slave, a servant, a minister, a waiter.

We so want to be important, noticed, considered, hold an honorary position. We so quickly become jealous of one another.

What The Bible Calls Believers

Prisoners: “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called” (Eph. 4: 1),

Servants: “… servants of Jesus Christ.” (Phil. 1: 1)

Minister: “If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.” (1 Tim. 4: 6).

Workers: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.(2 Tim. 2:15),

“Follow my example of being a servant,” says Jesus. I was willing to do dirty work, to tie an apron and wash my disciples’ dirty feet. I was willing to die for the sins of others.

Just try it practically this week, and literally put on an overall or apron, and go serve someone. We have become so clumsy with service, that we will not even know what and where to start. Should we serve someone, we might as well do it wrong. Or offer help that was not asked for. Therefore, our attitude must change. A good servant, observes, is observant, asks questions, is willing to help. Because you’ve already done the job, you know how to do it, and do it right. Managers lose track of their workers, if they sometimes do not also work together.

Today, everyone wants to be bosses. We want to give commands, without ever having carried out our own commands. Jesus did not give us instructions that He did not come to do as a human being. He shows us, it is possible!

The greatest sadness of life is to see people, where they have become enslaved from toxic addictions to alcohol or drugs. These people become some of the most selfish people on the planet, where they unknowingly drag entire families into the whirlpool of addiction. They serve their own breakaway from the reality of life. The best way then to get rid of this addiction is to start serving the people around you. Grow and serve! Improve yourself to serve even better.

Every process we try to avoid in life is a growth process hampered. In every phase of our lives there is something we need to learn that forms the building blocks for the future. If we avoid any of these phases, we will miss important building blocks, for which we will pay later.

An even greater sadness, of course, is people who have fallen victim to satan himself, to serve him. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” (Rom. 6: 12-14).

“and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.” (2 Tim. 2:26).

Bob Dylan sings:

“But you’re gonna have to serve somebody,

yes indeed you’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil

or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.”

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