Scripture Reading: Luke 22:24-27
One of the reasons the quest to be a leader is on the increase is to the satisfaction of the human being to be seen as great, to be on top, and to exert authority. In other words, the one who will dictate what will happen and what will not happen. It was this aspiration that the Lord had to dissuade among the disciples, thereby teaching us what leadership should be among the children of God. He therefore clearly pointed out the difference between leadership in a Christian society and leadership in the civil society. This is the reason the Lord faulted the request made by the mother of James and John in Mathew 20:20. Jesus admonished His disciples not to bring in secular leadership methods into the Christian parlance. Secular leadership has its characteristics, and when applied in the spiritual environment, will suffocate the mission of the gospel.
Below are some analyses of the two styles of leadership: In a secular leadership, leaders try to gain influence through the use of power. They are influential because they possess power. But in spiritual leadership, leaders became influential by showing love to the people of God. In Philippians 2:6-11, Jesus became the greatest by dying to redeem us from sin. Spiritual leadership builds confidence by depending on God. They realized that they can only attain such position through God’s help and not by their personal ability to compete and win. And so they will always consult God. Secular leaders lord it over the people they lead. They always intimidate the people with rights and position. But in the spiritual leadership style, authority is attained by serving. This is why Jesus taught His disciples that greatness is attained by the ability to serve. This is the reason Pope Francis always stresses the spirit of servant-hood whenever he speaks to spiritual leaders. Spiritual leadership ensures the development of the people to greatness. Jesus transformed the lives of mere fishermen into great preachers and speakers of God’s word. But the secular leader uses the people to achieve his own goal; they are treated as slaves. The vision that drives the secular leadership style is temporal benefits, while the spiritual leadership is driven by eternal gain. Spiritual leadership measures success by doing what the Lord has asked and not by any human estimation of success. Our Lord Jesus was honoured by the Father because He did the will of the Father. Spiritual leadership style is like that of a caring father, whereas in the secular leadership style is bossy.
Beloved in Christ, Our Lord Jesus Christ took the pains to explain leadership styles to his disciples and advised them in Verse 26 not to allow secular leadership to exist among them. Quite disturbing, the struggles, the conflicts, the misunderstandings and the superiority spirit in the Christian leadership style today shows that we have not taken the advice given by our Lord. The Lord is inviting us today to adopt spiritual leadership styles in our Christian gatherings, homes, churches, and wherever we find ourselves as Christians. Remember, the Lord is willing to work with only those who have the servant attitude because they recognize that it is God that is in charge.
- Thank God for today’s reflection.
- Pray for all those who are battling for superiority and causing disharmony in the body of Christ that their steps would be ordered by the Lord.
- Pray for all leaders of the world that they may adopt Jesus’ leadership style.
Exercise: Access your leadership styles and make amends where it is contrary to the expectations of the Lord.
Memory Verse: John 13:5.