Servanthood Leadership: Mark 9:33-35
“33) They came to Capernaum; and when He was in the house, He began to question them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34) But they kept silent, for on the way they had discussed with one another which of them was the greatest. 35) Sitting down, He called the twelve and *said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”” Mark‬ ‭9‬:‭33‬-‭35‬ ‭
It was a sad moment. Jesus was trying to prepare His disciples for His coming rejection and the cross. Meanwhile, they were locked in self promotion, pride and jealousy. They were arguing over which one of them was greatest.
Those in the shadow of success often wrestle with the illusion of personal greatness. They were each focused on the god in the mirror. They were each drunk with the wine of self significance.
The boastful pride of life is one of the three deadly sins. (See 1 John 2:15-17. It is like poison. It makes self the ficus of every conversation, the subject of every sentence and the top of every agenda.
Jesus used this occasion to introduce “servanthood leadership.” It is the model of leadership that puts others first and seeks to add value to them. It is the opposite of the world’s view of leadership. It says; “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all.”
This defines the leadership style of Jesus. He laid down His life for us all. He put our interests before His own.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

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