April 13, 2024

Servant Leadership II

Matthew 20:25-28

“The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

—  Matthew 20:28

In a world that often values power and authority, servant leadership stands as a powerful model for those who seek to make a lasting impact. Jesus, our ultimate example of servant leadership, has shown us that greatness is found in humble service and selfless sacrifice.

Servant leaders place the needs of others before their own. They lead with compassion, empathy, and a genuine desire to uplift and empower the people they serve. Instead of seeking to be served, they willingly serve others, pouring out their time, talents, and resources for the well-being of the team or community.

Servant leadership is not about the accumulation of titles or accolades, but about making a positive difference in the lives of others. It involves active listening, fostering an inclusive environment, and recognizing the value and contributions of each person.

As followers of Christ, we are called to embrace servant leadership. By imitating Jesus’ selflessness and humility, we reflect his love to the people around us. We lead by example, showing integrity, compassion, and grace in our interactions and decisions.

As we embrace the call to servant leadership, may we follow in the footsteps of Jesus, who came not to be served but to serve. May our lives inspire others to live this way too, bringing positive change to our families, workplaces, and communities.

Lord Jesus, may our leadership reflect your love and selflessness and bring glory to your name. Amen.

About the author — Darrell Delaney

Darrell Delaney is a cohost of ReFrame’s podcast ministry Groundwork and serves as lead chaplain with Reach the Forgotten Jail Ministry in Michigan. He considers it his life’s calling to create and facilitate life-giving environments in which people can thrive and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Darrell and his wife, Kia, have three children. He enjoys spending time with family, walking, reading, and playing basketball, chess, and video games.

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