Servant leadership is difficult. It is pretty easy to serve, to go out and do for others. There are lots of needs that can be met and many people who would appreciate a group of volunteers showing up to help them out. If one is gifted with certain characteristics, then leadership can also be pretty easy. As people rise into higher positions, we usually recognize these characteristics in the person. Almost all leadership positions come with some level of power and authority. Jesus warns against using this to lord one’s position over others.
Great leaders do not dominate but include others. Great leaders do not dictate but they participate. Great leaders have vision and drive and purpose and they spread this to those on their team. Great leaders build up their team and keep it moving towards its goals and purposes. If one is able to lead in this manner, power and authority tend to find them. To be a servant as well can be difficult.
As servants we must sometimes do things we do not want to do. As servant leaders we may have to lead others in doing these things. Great servant leaders have a gift for bringing others along on these difficult journeys. Jesus gave us many great examples of the leader serving and He calls us to do the same. How far are we willing to go? On the cross the Most High suffered and died for the lowly and sinful, for the sake of saving us. How far will we go to save the least and the lost, the sinful and the broken? Leaders go as far as needed. May we go where He sends us.
Scripture reference: Mark 10: 42-45