Biblical Role #3: You’re a Servant Leader

You follow Jesus’ example, working to meet the basic physical and spiritual needs of those who can’t help themselves in our world today.

This may be the toughest role . . . following Jesus’ example and doing it Jesus’ way raises the bar exponentially.  The power to lead by serving.  All His miracles were for others.  His service ranged from wine steward at a wedding reception to raising a child from the dead.  Nothing too big or too small.

Pay attention to what’s happening at all levels of your organization.  Actually do ministry in order to really know the needs and challenges your ministry and staff are facing.  Don’t just visit ministry sites.  Get your hands dirty.  Do what you’re asking others to do.  “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant …” (Matthew 20: 26-28 NLT)

Lead by doing.  Demonstrate instead of instructing.  Act instead of theorizing.  There’s nothing more rewarding than serving people, both staff and ministry recipients.

1. Lift up the powerless and disenfranchised.  Scripture describes “pure religion” as caring for those who have nowhere else to turn.  Orphans.  Widows.  Aliens.  (James 1:27)  Say “NO” to the world’s corruption.  Don’t be distracted by anything that leads you away from the radical gospel call of God on your life.

2. Use what you’ve been given.  Instead of always wishing and even praying for more, take what you’ve been given and pray for multiplication.  Like the five loaves and two fishes in Matthew 14, God can make a banquet for thousands out of one picnic lunch.  Only God knows the end results when we entrust our investment of time, energy and money into His hands.

3. Speak up for those who have no voice.  Injustice often goes unnoticed because many people have no way of speaking up.  Use your communication skills to create powerful messaging and effective actions that bring about justice and change.

4. Empower the least likely to help accomplish God’s mission.  Often He chooses the weakest, most divided people to demonstrate His strength.  Work through the team God has recruited.  That way He gets the glory.


Scripture lays out the plan.

Lead with humility. (Ephesians 4:2 NLT)

Accomplish good through others. (John 14:12 NIV)

Expect something bigger! (Isaiah 55:9 NLT) 


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Next week’s featured biblical role:  You’re a Shepherd