“Jesus called them together and said, ’You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life
as a ransom for many’.” - Mark 10:42-45
Jesus is saying in this scripture that the best way to lead is actually to serve. The culture at the time, and today, says that to be a leader is to have status and power over others. Jesus calls us not to have power, but to empower. To use what we have and give it to others to enable them to experience life to the full.
It is in our human nature to strive for significance, but God says that we already have significance and importance in Him. We can rest in a place of knowing that we are loved and accepted, and that everything that we have been given is a gift from God. It is from this place that we are called to live a life of learning how to lovingly serve and generously give. In a world, that so loudly embraces status and power, we are called to embrace and celebrate the opposite.
The world calls us to protect and foster our gifts and possessions, to keep them for ourselves and collect as many as we can. God calls us to use our gifts and possessions for the benefit of others, to serve and empower, giving as generously as we can.
Jesus is the best example of a servant leader; He gave His life to loving God and loving people. At the heart of His ministry was a deep sense of serving the people around Him and enabling them to be who they were created to be. This ultimately led to His death on the cross, which He did for everybody, even those who did not yet know Him. This is what He also calls us into, a life of serving, encouraging and empowering others, just as He did for us.
Lord, thank you for the gifts and possessions that You have blessed us with in this life. Thank you that each of us has a different ability to influence and empower the people around us by generously giving our time, money and prayers. Help us to see where we can use our gifts and possessions for serving and empowering others and to accept that this has also been done for us by Jesus. Amen.
Write a list of gifts and possessions you have that could be used to serve and empower others. Commit to using one today.