George and I had a meeting this week with Cpt Guest from the Royal Lancers who talked to us about what it means to be a Christian leader. He reminded us of the amazing fact that the motto of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where British Army officers train, is ‘Serve to Lead’. This, and the model of leadership taught at the Academy, is directly inspired by Jesus’ example of servant leadership.
Jesus was undoubtedly a leader. Hundreds gave up everything to follow him, literally, as he went around proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.
Jesus spoke about leadership and power in Matthew 20:
25 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. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 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.”
Jesus didn’t just preach this message, he acted it out. The ultimate display of his power came on the cross as he was killed like a common criminal. That great act of suffering was the ultimate display of his authority, just as he said it would be in John 2 v 18:19 when asked by the Pharisees to justify clearing the Temple Courts.
So what does it look like for you to lead your mates by serving them? How can you follow Jesus’ example in your school, your uni, your chemistry class, your rugby team? Let me know, I’d love to hear!