See the worth and value in everyone.
… but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.
- Mark 10:42-45.
Servant leadership, which is expressed in this passage, is what Christ came to do. In humility he bent his knee and began to wash his disciple's feet. He was not afraid to minister to outcasts, and those rejected in society.
Christ did not seek greatness for himself, and herein is a true example of what it means to become a servant. In esteeming others and recognising that we are all created in the image of God, we begin to see the worth and value that is placed on every soul through the eyes of God.
Today we have a working model of how to minister to others, which is to put selfish ambitions aside. Just as Christ sought to do his father's will, we must seek to have at the centre of our motives a desire to please God.
Christian Aid provides opportunities to work in servant leadership with people who are displaced and rejected by society.
How can you take on positions of leadership without esteeming yourself above other people?
Reflect on occasions where you may have been guilty of doing this, and seek to make changes in your life to ensure you lead with sincerity and humility.
Dear Lord, thank you for rescuing us from a world caught up in the effects of sin. You lived a life which was ours, so that one day we can live a life which is yours. Thank you for showing us the true meaning of leadership and may we seek to lead through the example you have set for us.
Today's contributor is the Pastor Richard Daly, Communication and Media Director for the Seventh-day Adventist national headquarters for the UK.
Published on 05 May 2019