FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
THE GOOD SHEPHERD
April 26, 2015
Today’s gospel: John 10:11-18
Jesus is the Master whom we as servant leaders serve. We are to follow in his footsteps and do the work that he instructs us to do. As such, he is the ultimate model for servant leadership. How does Jesus describe himself? “I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (v.11).
When you give your life you have nothing left. You have given everything. To die for the cause is the ultimate giving. Thus, any other giving is “less” than that. In other words, if we are willing to give our very life (and that is the definition of a good shepherd), then we must be willing to give everything else besides. These are our time, our talent and our treasure.
Unfortunately many servant leaders only give part of themselves. “Giving all” of course does not mean we no longer have time or use resources for ourselves or for our families. After all, the shepherd must also take care of himself, and the shepherd’s family members are also part of the sheep he cares for. What it means is that we understand what God has given us as under stewardship, to be used for the benefit of His Kingdom and for His glory.
Many servant leaders actually serve themselves more than they serve God. This does not mean all should now work full-time in ministry. What it means is that we always have the agenda, interests and priorities of God as foremost, rather than our own. In the workplace we look for opportunities to evangelize. In our homes we strive to build up the smallest church. In our Christian community we seek to serve rather than be served. In the world we seek to bring God’s justice and peace.
All Christians are to put on Christ. All servant leaders are to imitate the Good Shepherd.
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