Leadership.1 The Purpose by Caleb H.
September 29, 2008, 5:40 am
Filed under: Leadership

by Caleb Hancock

The purpose of leadership is what?

To show off your giftings? To impress others? To get things done?


According to scripture, the primary purpose of leadership is to serve others for the glory of God.

Take a look at Mark 10:42-45:

42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

So, while our culture might state or demonstrate that leadership is a lone-wolf, out for yourself endeavor, Jesus in Mark flips that purpose on it’s head.

Let us look at this account in another gospel text.

Luke 22:24-27

24 A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. 27 For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves. (emphasis mine)

If we are to be leaders as Christ was, we must serve others. This leads us then to: How do we serve others?

I submit, that the best way that you can serve others is to proclaim with your mouth and demonstrate with your transformed life the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Namely, that we are sinners who deserve, rightly, to be punished by God. But in His mercy and unmerited kindness, he chose to bruise His Son in our place on the cross. Therefore, through faith and repentance, we have the punishment of our sins paid for by Christ, and the righteous legal standing that Jesus merited imputed to us. This is amazing grace!

Us serving others would be impossibly grotesque and futile in our view if God had not changed our hearts. We would see Christ as a pushover and Christianity as weakness. But for those that are saved through the cross of Christ, serving others becomes the outpouring from being transformed by the gospel.

“The gospel is both the means and the motivation for growth in godliness” – Mike Bullmore

So men, if we are to be leaders, let us apply the amazing, timeless, true, transforming reality of the gospel of Christ to our own hearts daily. Then, for God’s glory, and the good of others, let us remind and tell others about this truth and live out lives that reveal the work that God has done in us. Let us serve in leadership, in whatever role that is, as Christ did.

Points of Application:

  • Everyone: serve diligently and humbly in your local church where God has gifted you and where there is need.
  • College Students: serve your peers and fellow students by initiating conversations in light of the gospel with a humble and joyful and genuine heart.
  • Employees: serve your employer as joyfully as if God himself had asked you to do whatever task they have delegated to you, motivated by a desire to serve them.

In these ways, we will be fulfilling the purpose of leadership, passionately and humbly serving others for God’s glory.


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Indeed. Indeed. Thanks Caleb. And thanks for being humble servant in the internship. You’re a boss hoss.

Comment by joshcan

Thanks for the encouraging and motivating post.
It’s crazy how today’s leadership is so far from what scripture has to say. It is so cool to be reminded of what true biblical leadership is, and how to humbly serve others in our everyday lives! Thanks for being a great example of a joyful servant for God’s glory in VFC!

Comment by Hallerin

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