Great Leaders Serve

Ephesians 4:11-12 — 11 It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service (NIV).

Great leaders are servants. If you don’t serve, you’re not a good leader; it doesn’t matter what your title is. Effective leaders lead by example. In the above passage, Paul listed five different types of church leaders: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. They have different functions in the body of Christ, but they all have the responsibility of preparing God’s people for works of service. The same is true for those who are leading their families, in the workplace, etc. If you are a person in authority, it is your duty to teach those under you how to serve.

It’s important for us to understand we cannot teach something we have not learned ourselves. Before we try to teach someone how to serve we need to first become servants.

One of the biggest frustrations facing leaders in general is the inability to find good help. I’ve heard it said most people only do what is inspected, not what is expected. Others just want to be celebrated or be in the spotlight. There are very few people who are content with serving where needed, whether it be behind the scenes or out in front.

Why are such people a rarity? It’s largely because their leaders forgot, or never learned, how to serve. Many leaders develop a “rock star” mentality, expecting everything to be done for them when and how they want it to be done. They do very little for themselves. A leader who expects to be served is teaching those under him to expect the same thing.

If you are in leadership, become a servant. Don’t expect those who are under your authority to be someone you’re not. Take your cues from Jesus, and be willing to make sacrifices in order to better serve others.

Matthew 20:28 — “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (NIV).

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