Have you ever watched little children get in line? Many of them will be fighting to be the "line leader." They push and shove to get to the front. Often you even see this with adults. Just turn on the news and watch the presidential election campaigns.
... but leaders are not those who slander others to build themselves up. They are not those who shove others aside to get to the top. This is childish behavior and we must reject it.
Sadly, this is not new to our generation. We see conflict and strife in Luke 22:24-27. The disciples were fighting to be #1. They all wanted to be the greatest, but Jesus stopped them.
He says in verse 26, "but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the youngest (meaning least); and he that is chief, as he that does serve"."
...and then, to add fuel to the fire, He adds in verse 27 "...but I am among you as He that serveth."
You can't ignore that one.
If you want to lead........ serve!
I have been blessed to be in churches over the years where the pastors didn't think it below themselves to serve. You might see one of them cleaning a toilet, setting up chairs or staying late next to the hospital bed of a sick patient.
"To lead a church is to serve it." - Kelly Minter
This is true leadership.
If you want to be a great boss, serve your employees.
If you want to be a great pastor, serve your congregation.
If you want to be a great mom, serve your family.
You want to be a leader? Dear friend, SERVE.
We will never be great, until our focus is off of our selves and on to our great GOD and those around us. Let's plan to serve someone this very day! - Rejoicing in the Present.