THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
TAKING THE LOWEST PLACE - 2
2 Timothy 1:6-14
There are few authentic servant leaders among those who serve
in the Church as leaders. It is easy enough to serve, but
very hard to be a servant leader. One of the most challenging
aspects of leadership is being a servant.
most basic element in being a servant is precisely just that--one
is a servant. The context is in the times of Jesus. A servant
then was just a slave who had no rights. He simply served
the master, even without rest or without having eaten (Lk
17:7-8). He did not have to be thanked for his work (Lk 17:9).
He had nothing to brag about, had no illusion of entitlement,
but simply worked because that was what was expected. “So
should it be with you. When you have done all you have been
commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have
done what we were obliged to do.’” (Lk 17:10).
is so different from many leaders today. They look to position
and power. They feel entitled to their position. They complain
of too much work or too little appreciation. They expect to
be thanked. They expect to be served. They are possessive
of their entitlements. They cannot handle oppression and rejection.
They are not humble enough to accept their lowly position
servant leader needs to see that the One whom he serves allowed
himself to be laid low. Jesus is the model. If a servant leader
cannot handle or accept rejection, suffering or oppression,
with joy, he will end up acting in ways that project his leadership
rather than his servanthood. Suffering is part and parcel
of a lowly slave’s life. “On this account I am
suffering these things; but I am not ashamed” (2 Tm
1:12a). Indeed, the authentic servant leader bears his marks
of shame and suffering as a badge of honor.