There is a lot being said, by “leaders”, about being servant leaders. I have a friend that has written a book on it. He runs a truly great company. It seems to work for him. The premise is you can be a leader as long as you are a servant.
- What does Jesus think?
- Can you say “Argle Bargle”? Argle Bargle is meaningless talk.
- It is hokum.
- Jesus isn’t enamored with my being a leader who serves.
- Jesus calls on me to be a servant or a slave.
- Jesus thinks it is Argle Bargle to be called a leader.
Please take a minute to read what Jesus says about this.
Here is what Jesus thinks.
But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, the Messiah. But the greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.
This came right after James and John had just asked Jesus to place them at His side when He assumed His throne in the kingdom to come. The other disciples became indignant at the arrogance of their request.
Here is more along the same line of thinking from Jesus. This time He goes further and says we are to be slaves.
You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
Jesus doesn’t talk about “servant leadership”. Jesus directs me to be a servant and a slave. That is it. I am not to be a leader but someone who serves. Leaders (and they do exist) don’t think about leadership too much. They do think about serving the Board of Directors, the staff, the customers, the public. Great service consumes their day. They are all about serving. By serving well, they lead extraordinarily.
I am to be a servant. I am to be a slave. Jesus is clear I am not to be called a leader. There is only one leader and that is Jesus.