"But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Just think about this, as we want more and more from The Lord we should be serving more and more as He did. We can't get caught up in how good we are as leaders we need to make the people serving with us feel we are with them as we serve. If we just give direction and expect it to be done we will never have the ability to win people to use their gift for The Lord. As we grow we will serve more and as we serve more we will be a light that people see and want to serve with. Jesus didn't want anyone to cater to His needs He wanted them to do as He did and serve people. It says if you want to be first you must become a slave. This is exactly what we should be doing as we become fully devoted to Jesus Christ.
As we read through the books in the New Testament we see that Paul, James, Peter and Jude start some of their letters like this: this letter is from (one of their names) a slave of Christ Jesus. When we take our life and give it to Him we become His slave and that is a good thing. The Holy Spirit lives in us and is guiding us and comforting us to be that slave to Jesus. If we don't embrace that slavehood and surrender our heart to be transformed we will alway struggle when times get tough. Look what 2 Thessalonians chapter 3 verse 16 says, "now may The Lord of peace Himself give you His peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all." His peace is there for us, when we give up control we have that peace in all situations not just when things are going good. Look what is said in Hebrews chapter 12 verses 1-2,
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne."
That is a leader I want to serve and be like, we need to be growing and praying so that we are transformed by God and die to our old ways. As slaves serving Jesus our focus will be off ourselves and on Him. When we want to lead and use our own strength we will get caught up in our sin and keep tripping over the same obstacle. Surrender and become a slave to Jesus and live a servants life in Christ. Amen