THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
PRINCIPLES OF SERVANT LEADERSHIP - 2
Today’s reading: Isaiah 50:4-7
Today’s reading about the Lord’s servant gives
us important principles of servant leadership.
he does not refuse the divine vocation. He is attentive to
the Lord and accepts the task of servanthood. “The Lord
God opened my ear; I did not refuse, did not turn away.”
he prays every day and listens to the Lord. “Morning
after morning he wakens my ear to hear as disciples do”
(v.4b). He starts his day right, by communing with God. He
acts only according to God’s guidance and instruction.
He hears and he obeys.
he is an evangelist, concerned for the spiritual well-being
of people. “The Lord God has given me a well-trained
tongue, that I might know how to answer the weary a word that
will waken them.” (v.4a). He knows that many are lapsed
in their faith, and they might just need the right word to
bring them back. He works on presenting the gospel message
he is ready to suffer and willingly submits to insults and
disgrace. “I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks
to those who tore out my beard; my face I did not hid from
insults and spitting.” (v.6). He knows he will be opposed.
There will be suffering and pain. He rejoices in sharing the
same fate as Jesus.
he is fully dependent on the Lord. “The Lord God is
my help, therefore I am not disgraced” (v.7a). He knows
that the Master who sends him is always there to help him.
Thus he is able to endure and persevere. “Therefore
I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be
put to shame.” (v.7b). He plods on, enduring any hardship,
knowing that his approval lies with God and not with humans.