“But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.”
— Luke 22:26-27
Jesus makes a simple statement but difficult to follow. It is the challenge of every leader to be able to humble yourself and serve those that you are leading. Jesus never says you are to forget your authority but to always be the one who looks for ways to encourage and lift up others. Leadership grows from the soil of servanthood. If we are tending the soil and fertilizing it with acts of love, compassion, forgiveness, and genuine care for others; we are preparing for fruits of leadership.
I know I tend to occasionally let position or name get to my head. But my prayer is that I will forget the titles or position and remember to learn to encourage and raise others up. I pray that I look not how difficult it may be to serve others like my annoying coworkers or students and the endless needs of my kids, but look at how ways that they will help them to experience the love and care of God. I pray that I reflect God in how I serve others and show genuine love and care for those God has blessed me to associate and have relationships with.
Lord Jesus, you have taught us how to serve. I pray that as I spend time with you I will also learn how to Serve others. I pray that you take away this heart that may complain at times about serving others and give me one filled with overflowing love, joy, and peace to flow onto others. Thank you for being the perfect model of servanthood. I love you and ask of this in your name , Jesus! Amen!