Eight Characteristics of Servant Leadership
Introduction: Jesus had a great synonym for greatness - servant. In Mark 10:43-45 he said, ''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.'' When you responded to God's vision for your life, seeking to fulfill the call that He burned in your heart, servant-leadership is probably not what you envisioned. Like Elisha, we look to serve the prophet of the Lord, only to find that we spend the next twenty years pouring water on his hands and ministering in menial tasks. But servant-leadership is the foundation of true leadership in the kingdom of God. Jesus said there is no true leadership unless you are first a servant. So what does a servant-leader look like?
I. MOVING BEYOND SELF TO A SERVANT'S HEART
Mark 10:35-43 James and John, Zebedee's sons, came up to him. ''Teacher, we have something we want you to do for us.'' ''What is it? I'll see what I can do.'' ''Arrange it,'' they said, ''so that we will be awarded the highest places of honor in your glory-one of us at your right, the other at your left.'' Jesus said, ''You have no idea what you're asking. Are you capable of drinking the cup I drink, of being baptized in the baptism I'm about to be plunged into?'' ''Sure,'' they said. ''Why not?'' Jesus said, ''Come to think of it, you will drink the cup I drink, and be baptized in my baptism. But as to awarding places of honor, that's not my business. There are other arrangements for that.'' 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.
A. SELF WORKS AGAINST A SERVANT'S HEART
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