A devotional study for servant-leaders…
What is a L.E.A.D.E.R.?
“…A dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.” (Luke 22:24-27)
Clearly Jesus taught that spiritual authority in God’s kingdom is based on the attitude of servant-leadership. But what are some aspects of servant-leadership that an aspiring minister can emulate as they seek to faithfully serve Christ? The following acronym can help provide some devotional insight into the life of a Christian servant-leader. Enjoy
A L.E.A.D.E.R. is:
A LOVER of God and man…
“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died…that we should no longer live for ourselves but for him who died and rose on our behalf.” (2 Cor. 5:14-15)
Love something enough and it will reveal it’s secrets to you” Bill Gothard
“And hope does not disappoint because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” (Romans 5:5)
An EXAMPLE of their teaching…
“Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.” (Philippians 3:17)
“Be shepherds of the flock…serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording over those entrusted to you, but being example to the flock.” (1 Peter 5:2-3)
To be an example does not imply living a perfect life, but being able to admit imperfections and demonstrate repentance and recovery when failure comes
ANOINTED by the Holy Spirit…
“You know…how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” (Acts 10:37-38)
“Each one of us should use whatever gift he has received to service others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 4:10-11)
An anointing has to do with spiritual gifting which every leader needs in order to carry out their ministry as a member of the Body of Christ. (Romans 12; 1 Cor. 12)
Even with the anointing of the Holy Spirit we still need the training and endorsement of others who have gone ahead of us. (1 Peter 5:5; 1 Cor. 4:15)
“Anointing without fatherhood is ill-tempered strength; Fatherhood without anointing is ill-equipped sanction.”
DILIGENCE in their work…
“Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly…if our gift is leadership, let him govern diligently.” (Romans 12:6, 8)
“A lazy man does not roast his prey, but the precious possession of a man is diligence.” (Proverbs 12:27)
An ENCOURAGER of others…
• To discourage means to deprive of courage or confidence.
• To encourage means to put courage back into someone
• Courage is mental or moral strength to venture out, persevere, or withstand danger, fear or difficulty.
• Encouraging others often implies expressing appreciation for a character attribute or service rendered
• “The deepest craving of human nature is the desire to be appreciated.” William James
“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Hebrews 3:13)
“We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God’s fellow worker…to strengthen and encourage you in your faith…” (1 Thess. 3:3)
REAL or relatable to others
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves.” (2 Corinthians 4:7)
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. And we saw the glory of the Father in him, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
The nature of incarnational ministry is live the message before the eyes of others…our families, friends, neighbors, work associates, fellow church members, etc.
“By all means preach the gospel, and it necessary use words” Francis of Assisi
Sermons We See
by Edgar A. Guest,
I’d rather see a sermon
Than hear one any day;
I’d rather one should walk with me
Than merely tell the way.
The eye’s a better pupil
And more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing,
But example’s always clear
And the best of all the preachers
Are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put into action
Is what everybody needs.
When I see a deed of kindness,
I am eager to be kind.
When a weaker brother stumbles
And a strong man stands behind;
Just to see if he can help him,
Then the wish grows strong in me
To become as big and thoughtful
As I know that friend to be.
And all travelers can witness that
The best of guides today
Is not the one who tells them,
But the one who shows the way.