Luke 22:26 NIV “ But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.”
While Jesus shared at the Last Supper with the disciples, a contention arose among them on who will be the greatest. One will imagine that they argued on common things that we hear today such as wealth, eloquence, education, knowledge of the Scriptures etc. However, Jesus took the opportunity to share with them ironically, moments before His death a lesson on greatness. He acknowledged conventional wisdom which says that the one who is at a position of authority is considered to be greater than the rest, but He showed a more powerful perception on greatness. In the Kingdom of God, the greatest is the one who has an attitude to serve the most, using Himself as an example (Luk.22:27).
Philippians 2 gives us further insight into what this attitude is, saying, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (v.3-4). At the heart of the servant leader is humility. It’s an attitude that puts the welfare and the progress of others first. But you say, “I have to be happy”, which is true. But the Bible teaches us a powerful principle in sowing and reaping. The seed we sow will reap a harvest of greater measure. The Scripture in Philippians goes on to show that Jesus submitted Himself to the point of death, and in return He was exalted far above all, and given a name (i.e. Authority) above all names (Phil. 2:9).
Please note that being a servant leader does not mean you should compromise your core values to make others happy. If something you’re required to do is a valuation of the commandment of love (1 Cor.13:4-8), then you shouldn’t. It doesn’t mean compromising your own happiness, rather you are making a sacrifice to serve the greater good before considering personal gain. Whatever skills, talents and resources God has entrusted to you, make a decision to serve others with it before looking for ways to monetize it. In so doing, you are positioning for greatness.
Scriptures to Meditate: John 13:12-15, 1 Pet.5:2-4, Phil.2:3-8