Jesus Christ is the perfect example of righteous leadership.Leaders in His Church follow His example by loving and serving those they lead. By first striving to be faithful disciples, we can then help others develop strong testimonies and draw nearer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
We as believers often seek a title within the church. Jesus never did this. Jesus did however seek a towel, why a towel you may ask. The towel was to give us an amazing example of leadership. The towel represents Christ’s passion to serve!
John 13:4-5 …so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
Too often, society glorifies an image of success defined by the amount of money we have in our bank accounts or the title in front of our job description. Even more, as Christian leaders, we compare social media followings and reach. But Jesus teaches us that true leadership is measured by the amount of people we are able to serve, not by the amount of people that serve us and honor our leadership through likes and follows.
Indeed, the people throughout history that we respect and value the most—the people who were unafraid to speak out against injustice in the face of grave danger—are the men and women who created something of value with their unique talents, not the people who simply accumulated great wealth or huge followings.
By constantly searching for others to validate our self-worth, we are choosing to focus less on who we are serving with our gifts and more on how the opinion of others can service our insecurities.
Through my experience I have found certain things that work for me in regards to leading. If I can maintain these aspects I usually find myself serving people better and in doing so, feeling a better self fulfillment in my life and ministry!
Here are just a few points that have helped time and time again!
THE 4 S’s
1. Serve others. Matthew 23:11
2. Seek God’s will before your personal desires or ambition. Matthew 6:33
3. Seek the interest of others even above your own . Philippians 2:4
4. Submit to authority. Ephesians 5:21
THE THREE B’s
1. Be Humble. 1 Peter 5:6
2. Be Teachable — seek wisdom from others. Proverbs 4:7
3. Believe the impossible can happen. Luke 18:27