THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
HERE I AM
We are all called to servanthood. A servant, especially in
the context of Jesus’ time, was a slave who was owned
by and totally devoted to serving the master. In relation
to Jesus our Master, that would still be the case for us who
respond to his call: “Follow me.” (Lk 5:27b).
Our response should be: “leaving everything behind,
he got up and followed him.” (Lk 5:28).
that takes a lot of faith. To leave everything behind. To
follow Jesus not knowing where he is going to take us (the
ultimate destination we know, and that is heaven). So we need
to trust in him. To trust him with our very lives. “Preserve
my life, for I am devoted; save your servant who trusts in
you.” (Ps 86:2a).
leave everything behind is to live totally for Jesus. It means
“not following your ways, seeking your own interests,
or pursuing your own affairs” (Is 58:13c). We do not
have our own directions, agenda, priorities. We do not do
things our own way, but we seek divine wisdom. We have no
self-interest but are selfless, self-giving, self-emptying
and self-sacrificial. We do not advance our own good but only
the good of the mission for the glory of the Master.
our Master is in fact the suffering servant. Though we are
to serve him, he himself came not to be served but to serve.
And so Jesus calls us and we respond, “Here I am.”
Now here is the amazing thing. Jesus is the one who serves
us. He will always be there for us. He is the one who says
to us, “Here I am!” (Is 58:9b).