Monday 12th March 2018 C A C Living Water Daily Devotional
THE NEED FOR SERVANT-LEADERSHIP
READ MARK 10:42-45
MEMORIES: yet it shall not be so among you; but whosoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. (Mark 10:43)
the word servant-leadership is a compound noun of two separate words. The servant-leader is a servant who is a leader, and at the same time, a leader who is a servant. In simple terms, servant-leadership is all about serving as we lead, and leading as we serve. According to Robert K. Greenleaf,the man who first used this world in his essay published in 1970, The servant-leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feelings that one wants to serve, to serve first.
Servant-leadership style is not such a modern concept, but can be found in the biblical account of the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus is our role model of servant-leadership. He came to this world to serve, not to be served, and to give His life a ransom for many (v. 45). He corrected the misconception of His disciples as to what true leadership connote (Matt. 20:25-28;Mark 10:35-44). He taught them, and us today, that true leadership is found is serving others. During the Last supper, He exemplified servant-leadership in washing their feet, against all expectations and practice of the day (John 13:1-15).
The focal points of servant-leadership within the church is to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ might be built up (Eph. 4:12). From the biblical perspective, servant-leadership frees the church of the abuse of the power and coercion, and promotes mutual respect and love for one another (Gal. 5:13).
Therefore, as you grow in the grace of Christ, find the fellow Christians and other people who need your help. Learn to serve even the most undeserving of all people, every time, everywhere, unto the glory of most undeserving of all people, every time, everywhere, unto the glory of God.
1. lord, I ask for the servant-heart. Grant it to me, in Jesus name.
2. Help me, oh Lord, to grow in the grave to serve others with my life, time and energy.
3. Lord, touch the heart of our leaders in the church and the country, to really serve their people as they lead.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: NUMBERS 25-26 & JOHN 4
SOURCE: C A C Devotional