“But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.””
Matthew 20:26-28 NLT
When we think about kingdoms, we think about kings and queens giving orders so they can be served. That is how the disciples imagined the Kingdom of God.
A few verses before, a mother was asking Jesus if her two sons could be seating next to Him when His Kingdom comes. Clearly we see a interest in status, leadership and power. Jesus saw their hearts and started to explain that the Kingdom of God works in a different way.
The qualification to become a leader is first, to be a servant. And Jesus gives his own example: he came to serve and to give his life to save many.
A leader must be a servant. Who would be the best person to teach us this rather than Jesus.
In Philippians 2:5-11 says:
“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
In Jesus kingdom, a leader is not on top of other people dictating what must be done, but the opposite. The leader serves others.
A good leader gives up his privileges and takes a humble position of a slave.
1. Leadership isn’t just status someone gives me, it must be owned by serving the people around me.
2. As a leader, the first priority isn’t tasks, but people. It is to care for them.
Father, thank you that your word is alive and speaks to my heart everyday. Thank you for the reminder that your Kingdom is about to serve people and not to be served. Thank you that you came to show me how to be a servant, so I can be a good leader by serving. I pray, if my heart drift away of serving others, that you remind me that is not about me, but is about love one another. Lord, let me serve others as I serve you. In Jesus name.