Leadership Series Preview by Caleb H.
September 15, 2008, 6:22 am
Filed under: Devotions, Leadership

by Caleb Hancock

In anticipation for the new series beginning in two weeks on biblical leadership, here is a post that hails from a sermon by John Piper. (The entirety of this sermon can be found here) This will serve as an excellent overview of what we will explore these next few weeks together as we explore and learn to personally apply what scripture reveals to us about how God has transformed our role as men, our role as leaders, our role as servants.

Christian Leadership as Servant Leadership

“God has called men to bear the primary responsibility for leadership in relationship to women…men are held accountable first by God for taking the initiative to do what can be done to make things the way they should be in the relationship(.)”

“Jesus purges Christian leadership of everything that makes it ugly and builds into Christian leadership what makes it beautiful. He purges it of self-exaltation; and he builds into it the reality of servanthood. He says, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled” (Matthew 23:12). That’s the end of arrogance and self-exaltation in Christian leadership. And he says, “Whoever would be great among you must be your servant” (Matthew 20:26). That’s the key to beautiful leadership that builds up others.

But what a mistake it would be to say that because Jesus elevated the concept of servanthood he cancelled out the concept of leadership. We know from what he said and what he did that this is not true.

What he said was this: “Let the leader become as one who serves” (Luke 22:26). But he never said, “Let the leader stop being leader.” Nor did he say, “Serving makes leaders less than leaders.” He simply said, “When leadership is appropriate, let it be a servant leadership.”

And what he did was to give himself as an example of what he said: at his lowest point of servanthood, with the towel wrapped around him washing his disciples’ feet like a slave, no one in that room doubted who the leader was. He was the one they would follow. On his knees—and, if they understood, they would be on theirs! Servanthood does not nullify or cancel out leadership; it transforms leadership. When Jesus hung on the cross seemingly weak and utterly helpless, he was leading a great host into glory.

So what Jesus does for us is this: he shows us and he teaches us that if a man takes up the mantle of leadership according to Genesis 2, he must not seize it as a right for himself; he must accept it as a responsibility given by God. The language of leadership is the language of responsibilities not the language of rights. It’s the responsibility of servant leadership, not the right of lordly domination”

Because of the gospel, we are forgiven of all our self-seeking and self-worship, AND we are transformed in order to take up the call that God has on our lives as men to be leaders, the servants of all. So get excited as we jump into this new series in two weeks!


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