Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. John 12:26
Servant leadership is a buzzword that’s been around for decades. It’s a leadership philosophy and set of leadership practices that put the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible. But long before organisations and psychologists hit on the concept of servant leadership, the Bible had a great deal to say about servanthood.
Unselfish servanthood is a quality which so completely characterised the life of Jesus Christ, the greatest servant of all.
Jesus said, “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)
The apostle Paul added to this focus when he wrote, “Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but the interests of others as well” (Phil. 2:4).
When we give Jesus Christ his rightful place as Lord of our lives, his lordship will be expressed in the way we serve others. We demonstrate our love for God in the ways in which we show our love for others. As believers, we all called to a life in ministry. That doesn’t necessarily mean we are all called as preachers or pastors or church workers, but it does mean we all called to be servants for the glory of God.
A retired army general is quoted with saying, “Rank is given you to enable you to better serve those above and below you. It is not given for you to practice your idiosyncrasies.” God has served us by sacrificing Christ on the cross for our sins, and we should serve others by giving the gospel and our lives to them. Those who desire to be great in God’s kingdom must be the servant of all. Over the next while we’ll be looking at different aspects of servanthood in the Bible, and how we can develop a servant’s heart.
Prayer: Lord, teach me to put aside my own ego and truly serve you selflessly. Let my love for you be evident through the way I show love for those around me. Amen