As we lead into Easter, over 400 Baptist Churches around Australia are concurrently doing a bible series called “Jesus the Game Changer”. The series is based on how the life and teaching of Jesus changed the world and why it matters. There are 10 Sermons supported by Home Groups bible studies and my wife and I have the privilege of leading one of our church Home Group discussions.
This week, the topic is Leadership and I find it fascinating to see Jesus’s view of leadership. Jesus call for His followers is to serve one another as servant leaders:
Luke 22:26-27 (NIV) says:
26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
The bible study goes on to talk about Jim Collins, the author of “Good to Great”. Collin’s research uncovered that the most successful companies from around the world are led by leaders who have two traits; “fierce resolve and humility”. This idea did not come from Collins reflecting on what would be good, but on research about what actually works as real and effective leadership.
Have you thought about what it means to have fierce resolve and be a humble servant leader in your life?
My career in financial services spanned over 35 years and I found that when I looked at Jesus’s example of “servant leadership” and Collins’s research on “humility in leadership”, there is a common thread. It appears that great leaders don’t “lord it over” their subordinates, but that whoever wants to be great “must be a servant” (Matt 20:25-28).
The bible study finishes with the following observation:
“One way to think about it (leadership) is to hold whatever power you’ve got, whether that’s beauty or intelligence, money or physical powers, to hold it for the good of others”
As we go into the world to Make Disciples, we are all given a measure of spiritual gifts like Leadership, Teaching, Exhortation, Apostleship, Pastoring, Prophecy, Evangelism and more; the study suggests that these gifts are to be held for the good of others in humility, recognising who is our Giver.
May you live in the fullness of our God’s blessing.
State Leader, South Australia