"But Jesus called them to Him and said, 'You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.'"
The two most important qualities for anyone in a position of leadership in the Kingdom of Gods are a servant’s heart and an attitude of meekness.
A servant’s heart seeks to serve others. It looks for opportunities to ease another person’s burdens, to make life move along more smoothly for them. A servant seeks to advance the one he served and make him look good, rather than putting himself forward. A servant isn’t looking for credit for what is accomplished, he’s just doing whatever is needed for the benefit of the one he serves. If he’s overlooked and unappreciated, he figures that’s alright, because after all, he is a servant.
Being a servant is closely tied to humility, which means taking a lower position, considering others as more important than myself. The Lord Jesus says that greatness in the Kingdom of God is seen in our taking the role of a servant.
Lord Jesus, You have given me the example to follow, that I should walk in your steps. Help me to see the opportunities You place in front of me today to lighten someone else’s burden, to make life easier for someone, to help advance them in your Kingdom. Give me a servant’s heart, like yours. Amen.
Pastor Dan Giles