My Musings – No one wakes up in the morning with the hope that someone will manage us. We wake up in the morning with the hope that someone will lead us. The problem is, for us to be led, there must be leaders we want to follow. (From Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek).
There is no shortage of people who wish to exercise authority. Just look at the number of candidates in recent (and upcoming) elections who want to be President. As you listen to many of them, you get the idea that as much as they would like to lead, there are not many that we would like to follow. This concept is not restricted to politics. It is rampant in many businesses and organizations, and yes, even in some churches. To make matters worse, many who wish to lead, find little fault in their leadership skills, preferring to blame those they wish to lead with the inability or unwillingness to follow.
Perhaps that is one reason why Christ turned the leadership model on its head. Do you want to a leader? Then learn how to follow. You want to be seen as great? Then learn to be humble. You want to be first? Then be willing to wait in line. You want to be master? Then be willing to become a servant. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45, NIV 1984).
“When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. ‘Do you understand what I have done for you?’ he asked them. ‘You call me Teacher and Lord, and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.‘” (John 13:12–17, NIV 1984).
My Advice – Go and do likewise. Has a familiar ring to it.