And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
It has been said that it is lonely at the top but I would suggest that it can also be lonely at the bottom as it often seems that the crowd is always scratching, clawing and climbing all over each other in an effort to get to the top. Jesus said that if you want to be the chiefest then you must be servant of all.
As a person matures as a leader and gains more and more influence with others, their responsibility to see that others are treated correctly grows. The LORD gives us influence and promotes us as a leader for the express purpose of serving others and protecting them as a shepherd would his flock. A shepherd must continually be on watch and particularly on guard for wolves in sheep clothing. A leader or a shepherd who cannot do that is not a leader but an abuser.
As it says in Mark the tenth chapter, “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” It seems obvious that as sinners saved by grace our example and mentor is Jesus Christ. If we are not living to be like Jesus and growing in His grace, we are, of all human beings, most miserable. Jesus never was recognized as a leader before He was crucified. He was sometimes addressed as teacher but He had to die and give His life as a ransom before it ever begin to be understood that He was a true shepherd, a true servant leader.
The way up is down. As was displayed so clearly through Joseph’s life, the way to become the chiefest is by being servant to all. Joseph’s life seemed to be a continual downward spiral for many years until one day he was promoted to second in the kingdom. Even after being promoted to second in the kingdom he was a servant working to store food and then taking care of everyone as Egypt went through seven years of famine. Joseph even had to serve and protect the life of the very ones who had betrayed him and sold him into slavery to begin with. Joseph’s attitude was displayed so beautifully when he told his traitorous brothers, in so many words, don’t worry I’m not looking for revenge, the LORD sent me down here to preserve life.
Help us, Oh Lord, to become servant leaders!