What I read today;

2 Corinthians 7; Mark 10; Ezekiel 20-21; Psalm 128; Job 7-8; Numbers 17

Have you ever heard the term “Servant Leader?”  I’ve heard it many times, most recently listening to Vice President Pence’s commencement address at one of the military academies.

It’s the idea that a leader leads people by ensuring they have all the tools and training and support needed to ensure they can do their job.  It’s the idea that as a leader we look at what is best for our people.

That sounds simple, but truthfully, it is a challenging concept to put into practice.  Our natural selves want to be in charge.  We want to tell people what to do.  People, sometimes want to be led.  They don’t want to take responsibility.  This makes a servant leaders job nearly impossible.  Even if you do genuinely show servant leadership, don’t expect your subordinates to fall all over themselves in love with you.  No, because they like to complain about the leader rather than to serve the leader as well.

It seems everyone wants to be in charge, but no one wants to carry the weight of the responsibility.

Jesus contrasts that with himself.  He didn’t come making tons of demands.  Jesus didn’t force anyone to dig ditches or paint or make a certain number of calls.  Nope, Jesus came to sacrifice himself so that all of us could live.

It’s the idea of sacrificing your needs and desires to make someone else better.

Jesus died to make all of us better.  He died to make all of us acceptable in the sight of a holy father.    The disciples would eventually get it.  Most of them would go down in history with little fanfare.  In fact, little is known about many of them.  They would give their lives to spread the name of Jesus throughout the world.

Truly serving Jesus means that we put our name out of the picture and showcase his.  We become all about proclaiming Jesus Christ as Savior and King to a lost and hurting world.  Remembering that it’s never been about us.

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