From the book “Golden Rule Leadership”, by Gordon Ferguson and Wyndham Shaw. This week we zoom in on the measurement of success in leadership.
When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:24-28)
Working off of this scripture, Ferguson and Shaw bring the following conclusions:
We see that true greatness of leadership is determined not by how many are “under” our leadership, but how many we serve as leaders. The serving in Matthew 20 was of the most demeaning variety: the washing of feet, a gesture of hospitality normally performed by a household slave. Too often, we leaders stay very busy doing good things, but we often limit ourselves to what is easiest for us, rather than what calls us out of our comfort zones. Further, we may find it far more convenient to serve certain types of people than others. Jesus was clearly most attracted to the needs of the downtrodden in society; we, however, may be attracted to persons at the other end of the scale. Let’s all evaluate ourselves on this important point, for a worldly view and use of leadership is not restricted to those early disciples.
As followers of Christ, and especially as leaders for others, whether it be a congregation or a few friends, we will be defined not by our knowledge but by our love.
If you are thinking of taking the One Year Challenge, consider that the challenge is not just going to another place, but to take up the call and imitate Christ in service to God’s people!