Servanthood Leadership: Mark 10:41-45
“41) Hearing this, the ten began to feel indignant with James and John. 42) Calling them to Himself, Jesus *said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles Lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them. 43) But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; 44) and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. 45) 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 ‭10‬:‭41‬-‭45‬ ‭
Jesus had a crisis brewing among His team. They were fighting over who was greatest. They were grasping for power and authority.
They did not understand that in the Kingdom of God all authority and power remains with Jesus Christ. We are merely servants and conduit through which He works. When we exalt ourselves we grieve and hinder His work.
The greatest workers in the kingdom of God get out of the way so as not to hinder or distort Gods love, grace, gifts and power through them. When self gets in the way, we quench and grieve the Holy Spirit. The most effective workers in the kingdom see themselves as “bond servants” of Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:1; Galatians 1:10; Colossians 1:7; 4:7; 2 Timothy 2:24; Tutus 1:1; James 1:1; 2 Peter 1:1; Jude 1:1; Revelation 1:1; Revelation 15:3)
Early church leaders took this identity seriously. Jesus was Lord and Master. They were His servant. Whenever this changes, exploitation, personal agendas, abuse and corruption keeps into leadership. Such has become the plight of the modern church.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global Sent from my iPhone