Thursday, August 31, 2017

Do as I say or as I do?

But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. 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 10:42-45
Jesus' disciples, namely James and John, decided to "tell" Jesus what they wanted. They desired prominent positions with Him in eternity. Jesus reminded them that they were neither called nor prepared to those positions. Jesus would go on to explain that the way leaders act in this world, "lording" authority over people and stepping over anyone and everyone to rise above is NOT the way of a follower of Christ! True "servant-leadership" in the Body of Christ is about stepping into a God-given and equipped role and sharing that vision and serving in that capacity with compassion and commitment for the people. Great leaders go to great lengths for those in their authority. The way a leader lives has more impact than what a leader says or does. (Titus 1:5-9). Christ followers are all leaders in the way we live. The world is watching. . . a world in dire need of a Savior. What are we showing them?

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