What is Leadership?

(Begin with 1-2 minutes of silence)

Matthew 20:26-28 “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant… For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

If you were to walk into a book store or search on Amazon for books on the topic of Leadership, you would find hundreds, perhaps thousands of books on how to be a better leader. The unfortunate reality, however, is that each of these books defines Leadership differently. Similarly, if you ask 100 people to write “A leader is ___________” each one would say something different. Sure, there would be some similarities. But there would not be an overwhelming consensus on what exactly a leader is or does. 

One of the similarities common in our modern culture is that a leader is somebody who has the authority to make decisions. A leader is somebody with power and influence within an organization or a group of people. But Jesus completely flipped this idea on its head. Leading in the new family of Jesus is about serving others first, not having authority or power over them.

READING & PRAYERS:

     1 THESSALONIANS 5:12-22, MATTHEW 20:26-28  (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)

QUESTION: What is something you can do today to lead others by serving them and giving of yourself for their benefit?

REAL LIFE PRACTICE: Take the opportunity today to do something for others you don’t normally do. Give of your time and energy without any expectations of thanks or rewards.

Take a Step: This week, continue to utilize the One Minute Pause app at least twice daily to begin practicing being with God and resting in His presence. The app is free, and is available on iPhone and Android devices. See pauseapp.com for details.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, today I am grateful for the reminder that true leadership begins and ends with loving and serving others. As such, I pray that You would instill within me a tremendous amount of leadership abilities. Teach me to continually reveal to others the love and grace You continually reveal to me. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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