Thursday, September 13, 2012

WANTED: Servant Leaders!

The church wants Servant Leaders.  As the emphasis was put on the title I think the body of Christ is screaming at the top of her lungs looking and seeking persons who would seek leader with the attitude of a servant.  These are people who will seek to develop a Christ-like model of leadership in the local body.

So then to help the situation, let me answer the question, who is a servant leader? and how does become one?

Who is a servant leader?

A servant leader is called to exemplify Christ to the body of Christ and a dying world.  The example of Christ is one of sacrificial and unconditional love thus by its nature being self-less.  This is counter cultural in many respects.  The reason being is that the culture says, Me first!  Therefore, it is unheard of to seek to put others first.  This does not come easily for the mere fact of our own proclivity to think of ourselves first.  However,  there is a process that we can follow to change ourselves.  Its all in the how.

How to become servant leader?

1. Develop the Proper Attitude
Let this mind be in you,  which was also in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:5)  Our attitude must reflect Christ's attitude when he served us lowly humans though He was God incarnate.

2.  Humble yourself
God doesn't give us humility, rather situations (and yes some people) in life that can develop humility and character in us.  We have to choose to be humble

3. Identify with humankind
Seek to be understanding and compassionate.  Identifying with the weakness, sufferings and needs of those we serve makes one more relatable.  Jesus identified with us by living as a human. 

4. Be Obedient
We are not our bosses but we are under the authority of God.  

5. Die to sin and self
We must die to these daily our own selfish desires. 

6. Serve in love
This is central to the heart of servant leadership.  What really helps is that God truely loves us and expects us to love His people or those that we serve.

Modified an excerpt from the Biblical Management Principles by Harvestime International Institute

The "love" Chapter in 1Corinthians teaches us a lot about loving as a Servant leader.  So since being a Servant Leader equates to having love, here is the modified version:

1 Corinthians 13

King James Version (KJV)
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not Servant Leadership, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not Servant Leadership, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not Servant Leadership, it profiteth me nothing.

4  Servant Leadership suffereth long, and is kind; Servant Leadership envieth not; Servant Leadership vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8  Servant Leadership never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 

10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

13 And now abideth faith, hope, Servant Leadership, these three; but the greatest of these is Servant Leadership.

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