KEY THOT: The disciples were arguing among themselves as to who was the greatest. When Jesus heard it, he taught them what the essence of true greatness is. The greatest leader is not the one who holds the highest office, nor wields the most power nor receives the highest pay. The greatest leader, according to Jesus, is the “last of all and servant of all.” Many of our concept of leadership is founded on the corporate model. The leader (CEO) gets the biggest office, reserved parking lot, highest pay and wield the most power. He is first of all and lord of all. This model is contrary to Jesus’ model of servant-leadership which is being "last of all and servant of all." Unfortunately, this corporate model of leadership has crept into the church.
Servant leaders are identified by their attitude towards the least and weakest in our society. Jesus took a child and set him in the midst of the contending disciples. He told them that He is like the child, the least and weakest member of any society. If we treat the child like we treat Christ, we would have demonstrated servant leadership. Servant-leaders do not serve upward (the “bosses”) but downward (the rank and file). Neither do servant-leaders serve traditions or systems or institutions—they serve people, especially the weak and marginalized:
- Matthew 25:35-40 “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'
True greatness is found in my attitude towards ministry to the marginalized in society. Christ is found among the marginalized, usually found outside the Sunday congregation. We have to go out of the way of the comfort zone to seek and serve these people. The true servant leader seeks for the last, the least and the lost. It’s only as we serve the marginalized that we are serving Christ.
I would like to expand my ministry to serve the community around our church more. For we need to seek out and serve the marginalized in order to be truly serving Christ as His servant-leaders.
Father, open our eyes and our hearts to see You in the marginalized of our society. Make us a servant-community for the last, the least and the lost. Amen.