It might sound like you are stating an oxymoron by saying those two words in a sentence but the truth of the matter is that this is actually a theory I am studying this week. To my surprise the theory was started, no, not by Jesus although He is the rightful role model, but was made famous by Robert Greenleaf in 1977 in his writings “Servant leadership: A journey into the nature of legitimate power and greatness”. He taught that the servant leader starts off wanting to serve before he takes the place of leading, therefore always has the other person’s interest over their own. It is a virtue based philosophy and practice of leadership. It’s focal point is based on relationships and how they can convince others to do the same without an authoritative approach towards another individual. They model what they preach, now that’s a switch.
When contemplating the reality of that statement, one thinks of how wonderful life would be if everyone didn’t think solely of themselves and actually wanted to help their neighbor. Isn’t that what Jesus told us? Love your neighbor as yourself? This is the opposite of what we see when we look at the media, whether it be news or social platforms. It’s so sad that only three decades ago the Berlin wall was coming down yet it seemed like the whole world was rejoicing at the fall of division that held so many captives for so long. Yet today, in the very America that we the people have lived and thrived there is such a heavy cloud of hate for human kind. It can be staggering to the mind thinking how low we have fallen.
However, if we look at the Holy Scriptures, we should not be surprised as to 1 John clearly has several writings that clarify this point:
1 John 3:4-6 “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. 5 And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. 6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.”
“What does it mean to not sin? That’s impossible” you might be saying, but I disagree. In the same way you don’t wake up every morning and say “I’m going to cheat on my spouse, hurray!” if you love them dearly because you know that this act will destroy your marriage, you wouldn’t do something that will hurt you both on purpose. Just like you wouldn’t steal candy from a child and then eat it in front of them and laugh while walking away, because that’s just cruel and traumatizing to the child. In that same manner we have free will to choose not to sin. People don’t have to act like savages in protests, they choose to. People don’t have to kill, steal and destroy, they choose to. I’m sorry but the devil made me do it is way to easy for these persons to cop out on. The reality is they are living in lawlessness because sin is lawlessness. When you can bring yourself to willingly sin knowing well the consequences and still go and do it anyway, then you deserve the outcome of justice. Not just any justice but God’s justice.
The maker of Heaven and Earth is a just God. The Bible states that:
now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?
Therefore it is a fact that a servant leader will always put themselves before others, they place the calling that God has on their life to train others for Kingdom purposes without any hidden agendas or delusions of grandeur about them. This is what Jesus himself did as He walked the Earth 2000 years ago. I believe we have lost our way if we cannot see how distorted Christianity has become in the 21st century. The homes are fatherless, the schools are prayerless and then they wonder why I children are falling into indoctrination of socialism within colleges. What about the church? Sleeping? I know that some are, but there is a remnant awaiting for the signal of Messiah to come and let us know what is going on. He still speaks to His children today as much as yesterday, and will continue to speaks forever! We just need to live our lives as role models and start listening for His voice. This is the main skill in the life of a servant leader. It is believed that they listen before they act and how we could benefit from that example.
Too many people today want to lead, but they refuse to serve. They want the lamplight, the best seats, all the attention and they hate to be ignored. How is this leadership qualities? How can arrogance teach anyone anything? The King of kings came down and told his disciples:
Matthew 20: 25-28 ” But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. 26 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. 27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
We must come together as one nation, under God, indivisible again. We must understand this is a time to serve and not destroy, to love and not hate or fear. God is reminding us all that without Him, this nation will fall to its knees but the righteous are crying out to Him. Are you righteous? Are you a servant leader? I encourage you today to choose whom you will serve because times are hard and it’s not going to get better if you choose to stay home and do nothing. It’s time to take a stand for love and faith and hope! Be the role model the world needs and they will be glad that you did. You might be the only Jesus example they will ever see.