THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
SLAVES OF CHRIST
Today’s reading: Ephesians 6:1-9
Here is perhaps the most important thing a servant leader
ought to always keep in mind. Servant leaders are “slaves
of Christ” (Eph 6:6b). You are no longer your own, looking
to your own well-being, following your own agenda (though
you claim to be following Christ’s agenda), keeping
your own time and pace, holding back due to comfort or convenience.
You are a slave, having no rights, doing only what God wants
you to do, and not expecting to be thanked or acclaimed.
particular, slaves of Christ are those:
the will of God from the heart” (Eph 6:6c). They are
totally obedient to God. They share from their very inmost
being. They give their whole heart into their service to
“willingly serving the Lord and not human beings”
(Eph 6:7). They know they serve God and not man, and not
the human leaders over them. They will always do what is
pleasing to God, even if that might be displeasing to their
“knowing that each will be requited from the Lord
for whatever good he does” (Eph 6:8). They look only
to God for approval or consolation, and not to human acclaim.
They are confident that God will not be outdone in generosity,
and that their heavenly reward is assured.
“serving “not only when being watched, as currying
favor” (Eph 6:6a). They have no personal agenda.
work hard even beyond the call of duty. They serve not to
be recognized or acclaimed. They seek only to satisfy God
and not their human leaders.
Now in the Church and communities such as CFC-FFL, Jesus acts
through his chosen instruments. Thus there are servant leaders,
and leaders over leaders. They act in the name and interest
of Christ. Thus, for the proper functioning of the body, they
are to be looked upon as one would look to Christ himself.
“Slaves, be obedient to your human masters with fear
and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ”
of course should know that they themselves are also slaves
of Christ. There is only one Master. They stand in his place
and in his name and authority, but must also serve with the
compassion of Jesus. “Masters, act in the same way toward
them, and stop bullying, knowing that both they and you have
a Master in heaven and that with him there is no partiality.”
(Eph 6:9). In fact, such leaders over leaders will be held
to greater account.