Leadership is Service – Luke 22:24-27
“The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.” Luke 22:25, 26
The idea of servant leaders within the church is certainly not new. It is a theme that Jesus stressed over and over again. Sadly, the fact that He still needed to address the issue just hours before he went to the cross means the disciples still hadn’t gotten the message. Have we?
The type of service doesn’t matter. Jesus washed the disciples’ feet to make this point. And as Terry Morrison is always telling us in Sunday School class, “No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.” Anything from shoveling snow, to preparing communion, to keeping the nursery, to visiting the shut-ins, to teaching Sunday School is service. It is impossible to name all the things that need to be done in Christ’s church, but all service done for Jesus and His church is significant. It is also a privilege.
It has always amazed me that Jesus has not only saved us but also has allowed us to have a part in His kingdom. He has allowed us to be an active functioning member of the body of Christ! Can there be any greater privilege than that? Let’s face it folks. Most of the things that we spend our time and effort on have no significance past the next fifteen minutes. What we do for the Lord and His church (no matter how menial the task) has eternal significance.
Leadership actively seeks ways to serve. It looks for ways to impact people and programs. It is constantly looking for ways to lift up the name of Jesus so that He can draw all men into His church, both here in Lexington and throughout the world.
Yes, leadership is service, but service is also a privilege.