[Thank you to all those who stepped up this week to write the finals posts as it took pressure off me. A great example of servant leadership. Thank you!- from Trevor Lloyd]
The scripture we chose to accompany our fifth Core Value – Empowering Leadership – is:
…the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.Luke 22:26
Every day I feel so grateful that I have been chosen by God to be able to experience his love and favour. And all of us can find our identity and security in the knowledge that God has rescued and saved us and brought us into a wonderful inheritance in Jesus Christ. As he leads us to places where we feel we can be a real influence for good, it can be exciting to experience his empowering as we use whatever gifts he has given us.
And if our gift is to lead, whether in the church or anywhere else, the bible is very clear about how our attitude should be.
To lead doesn’t mean that we have to come up with all the answers and have all the plans wrapped up and ready to go. As we lead alongside others, we realise how much we need the help of others to get things right. We can’t do it on our own. In fact the simple act of asking for help means that others feel empowered to lead too!
To lead doesn’t mean ‘I’m in charge’ in a ‘lording it over’ kind of way but, rather having the humility that Jesus had when he said that he came down from heaven to earth ‘not to be served but to serve’. (Matthew 20:28)
As we examine God’s call on our lives, those places where we feel called to take a lead, it is important to realise that our call is not for ourselves but for other people. It is a precious gift that God has given us to give away in the service of others.
Thank you Lord that you came into this world to serve and that wherever you went you blessed, healed and empowered those you came in contact with. Help us Lord to have a humble spirit like you did but knowing that you have equipped us to make a difference wherever we are. Amen