FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
PRINCIPLES OF SERVANT LEADERSHIP – 2
April 9, 2017
Today’s reading: Isaiah 50:4-7
Today’s reading about the Lord’s servant gives us important principles of servant leadership.
First, he does not refuse the divine vocation. He is attentive to the Lord and accepts the task of servanthood. “The Lord God opened my ear; I did not refuse, did not turn away.” (v.5).
Second, he prays every day and listens to the Lord. “Morning after morning he wakens my ear to hear as disciples do” (v.4b). He starts his day right, by communing with God. He acts only according to God’s guidance and instruction. He hears and he obeys.
Third, he is an evangelist, concerned for the spiritual well-being of people. “The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to answer the weary a word that will waken them.” (v.4a). He knows that many are lapsed in their faith, and they might just need the right word to bring them back. He works on presenting the gospel message well.
Fourth, he is ready to suffer and willingly submits to insults and disgrace. “I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who tore out my beard; my face I did not hid from insults and spitting.” (v.6). He knows he will be opposed. There will be suffering and pain. He rejoices in sharing the same fate as Jesus.
Fifth, he is fully dependent on the Lord. “The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced” (v.7a). He knows that the Master who sends him is always there to help him. Thus he is able to endure and persevere. “Therefore I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame.” (v.7b). He plods on, enduring any hardship, knowing that his approval lies with God and not with humans.
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