THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
Today’s psalm: Psalm 2:6-11
Many, perhaps even most, servant leaders that I know, throughout
the world, have a hard time accepting correction. They consider
it an affront, a criticism, an insult, an unloving act, a
rejection. They then react by sulking (in Pilipino, tampo),
together with anger, antagonism, being discouraged, lying
low, even quitting the service or even the community.
correction of course is a very loving act. It is intended
to help the person being corrected to see the error of his
ways, or the shortcomings of his service, so that he can become
a better Christian and servant.
psalmist tells the king being installed: “Accept correction”
should be the proper and Christian response to fraternal correction
(we are assuming the one correcting is also acting as a Christian
brother), especially for servant leaders? It is to receive
the correction wholeheartedly and with joy. If one feels the
correction is unjustified, it is proper to ask for further
clarification, but with respect and much openness and a desire
to be better. Then the one corrected must be grateful, that
the one correcting is loving enough to take the risk in correction
out of a desire to be of real help.
be a servant leader is a wonderful privilege from God. It
is also a great responsibility and the servant leader is accountable.
One is called to do God’s divine work, and given leadership
over God’s people who participate in the work. Thus
such a one must be warned. “And now, kings, give heed;
take warning, judges on earth. Serve the Lord with fear; exult
with trembling” (v.10-11a). Be in awe of our great God,
and be in awe of the great responsibility given to you.
all make mistakes. We all are imperfect. In fact, we all are
sinners. If not for the mercy and grace of God, we would be
totally lost, and certainly unable and unfit and unworthy
to serve Him. So it is a continuing effort on our part, with
the help of the Holy Spirit, to be and do better. If we do
not accept and embrace correction, we cannot do better. Rather,
we will sink deeper into the mire of our errors. To avoid
that, then we “accept correction lest he become angry
and you perish along the way when his anger suddenly blazes
up.” (v.11b). Then, from the lofty (but humble) heights
of being God’s servant leader, one will plunge to the
depths, at the receiving end of God’s wrath. What a
tragedy that would be.
is God’s gift to us, especially to servant leaders.
God is concerned about His work, which leaders oversee, and
about His people, whom leaders care for. If they veer away,
God calls on other servant leaders to help put them on the
right track, through correction. It is unfortunate that this
very important gift is being rejected or not wholly embraced.
are they who take refuge in him!” (v.11c). And blessed
are they who accept correction.