Lenten Series 2017
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Lent Meditations Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Day 21
21. The leadership of Jesus is an upside down version of today’s ideals. We think all Leadership is taking control, and driving forward. For a leader to be anywhere but up front is hard to conceive.
Matthew 20:25-28, (CEV) 25 But Jesus called the disciples together and said:
You know that foreign rulers like to order their people around. And their great leaders have full power over everyone they rule. 26 But don’t act like them. If you want to be great, you must be the servant of all the others. 27 And if you want to be first, you must be the slave of the rest. 28 The Son of Man did not come to be a slave master, but a slave who will give his life to rescue[a] many people.
For Jesus leadership was not self centred or even self gratifying. Leadership for Him was about others. Jesus did not come to be a slave master nor did he come to be a slave in the strictest sense. Jesus came to share God with others. As He walked and talked, Jesus would show others the way they could approach God. He encouraged their hearts and lifted up their spirits. It was important the His followers were not true slaves either. They were to act out of their own hearts, to lift up others with encouragement and positive support. In this way we do not lord it over others, or become their masters. Instead we become their servants to serve them with God’s intention for their lives. We are not slaves to others, but we are slaves to God in serving others.
Prayer: Help us Oh God to learn your leadership. Let us strive to show you to others by becoming like Jesus. Let me see leadership as what I can do for others in your name. In Christ we pray. Amen.