BUT IT SHALL NOT BE SO AMONG YOU: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister. And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant (Matthew 20:26-27).
In the world in which we live, greatness is judged by the power a person exercises over others. In the kingdom of God, greatness is judged by our serving others. As followers of King, we are to adopt, not the ways of the world, but the ways of the Living Word and written word. And humility and servanthood rank at the top of the list (Philippians 2:5-8; John 13:3-15)!
A few years ago, I read these words:
Over the last three decades, there has been a seismic shift across the landscape of the church. The advent of church-growth theory, coupled with exponential advances in technology, has created a hyperpursuit for leadership muscle that has never been seen before. Seminars and conferences have become trendy leadership fitness centers. Titans of business and megachurch pastors serve as leadership fitness trainers, while books and periodicals deliver leadership steroids and growth hormones. The goal of such industry? To create better leaders, stronger leaders, to make and multiply leaders.
While there is, of course, a great need for spiritual “leadership” today, there is a far greater need for spiritual servanthood today!
“Is it any wonder the Christian life is so often feeble and fruitless, when the very root of the Christian life is neglected, unknown? … Until a humility that will rest in nothing less than the end and death of self; which gives up all the honor of men as Jesus did, to seek the honor that comes from God alone; … and that the Lord alone should be exalted–until such a humility we seek in Christ above our chief joy, and welcome at any price, there is very little hope of a religion that will conquer the world.”—Andrew Murray