When the other ten heard of this conversation, they lost their tempers with James and John. Jesus got them together to settle things down. “You’ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around,” he said, “and when people get a little power how quickly it goes to their heads. It’s not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not to be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for many who are held hostage.” – Mark 10:42-45 MSG
No matter what our assigned “duties”, we all have the title of Leader at one time or another. In our jobs, homes, schools or as we go about our lives in our communities, we all have the potential to hold the title and responsibility of leading. We start as children knowing how to help around the home or lead a line in class. As we grow our potential to lead expends and can take on many shapes. Leading a church volunteer function or a multi-million dollar work project – leading still remains the same. The outcome of each, and those who were involved, reflect those who lead. Did we take a servant or team member mentality, or did those we were leading feel the whip of our demands. Did those around us felt “part” of something or just “a” part of something?
If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.
Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father. – Philippians 2:1-11 MSG
On the flip-side are we leadable? Do we buck at every task asked of us, or make those in charge cringe with the team they then have to manage? Do We harbor ill-will toward those in positions of leadership because we would rather lead than be led? Are we “dead-weight” that brings a heaviness to everything, and everyone we touch? Think on it.
Food for thought – May we personally hold this title in the right Light as we interact with one another. Let us lead together but also help those with the great responsibility of leading but remembering also how to be led.
All scripture references from biblegateway.com