SERVANTHOOD KEY TO LEADERSHIP

Many persons want to get to the top without possessing the adequate credentials for the top. It is so sad today that we have a generation of persons who want to be in leadership positions and have influence over the lives of men without getting the credentials called service. Little wonder these type of persons when they eventually get into leadership positions, use their positions to become terrorists to their subjects instead of serving them.
The Bible has a great deal to say about servanthood because the central theme of the Bible is the Servant of all—Jesus Christ. “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). When we give Jesus Christ His rightful place as Lord of our lives, His lordship will be expressed in the way we serve others (Mark 9:35; 1 Peter 4:10; John 15:12-13). How can we demonstrate love for God? Our love for God will be expressed in our love for others. “For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5).
True leadership is servanthood, and the greatest leader of all time is Jesus Christ. Servanthood is an attitude exemplified by Christ “who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant” (Philippians 2:6-7). The five words in the New Testament translated “ministry” generally refer to servanthood or service given in love. Serving others is the very essence of ministry. All believers are called to ministry (Matthew 28:18-20), and, therefore, we are all called to be servants for the glory of God. Living is giving; all else is selfishness and boredom.
It has been rightly stated, “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” (General Bruce C. Clarke, USA, Ret). Let’s serve others by serving Christ (Colossians 3:23-24). God the Father 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 (1 Thessalonians 1:5-6). Those who desire to be great in God’s kingdom must be the servant of all (Matthew 20:26).
More also, taking a look at the life of Joseph, we deduce that he was a true servant. His loyalty to his master made him reject his master’s wife offer to sleep with her which resulted him into prison. He did not get angry at God in prison and stop being a true servant. His servanthood made him to become a leader of other prisoners while in prison and he was able to serve the king’s cupbearer which resulted to him being the governor of Egypt.
I say to you, if you want to be a leader, the quickest way is to be a servant.
God bless you!

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