READ: Mark 10:35-45
Whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. —Mark 10:44
While visiting the campus of Purdue University on a frigid winter day, I came upon two young men chipping away thick ice on the sidewalk next to a
fraternity house. Thinking they must be underclassmen who had been
assigned the tough job by older fraternity brothers, I said, “They
didn’t tell you about this when you joined, did they?” One looked up
with a smile and said, “Well, we’re both upperclassmen. I’m the
fraternity vice-president and my friend here is the president.” I
thanked them for their hard work and went on my way having been reminded that serving others is the mark of a true leader.
When two of Jesus’ disciples asked Him for positions of honor in His coming
kingdom, the Lord gathered His twelve closest followers and told them,
“Whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And
whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all” (Mark
10:43-44). If there was any doubt about what Jesus meant, He reminded
them that He had not come to be served but to serve others and to give
His life to ransom them from the power of sin (v.45).
The mark of true, godly leadership is not power and privilege, but humble
service. God gives us strength to follow Jesus’ example and to lead His
way. —David McCasland
The paths of leadership are trod
By those who humbly walk with God,
Their gracious spirit holds a sway
That makes you want to go their way. —D. DeHaan
A qualified leader is one who has learned to serve.