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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
(Part 33)

A LEADER WITH A FUTURE

May 21, 2013
Today’s reading: Psalm 37:3-40


Today’s psalm gives three characteristics of a true servant leader. “Observe the person of integrity and mark the upright; because there is a future for a man of peace.” (Ps 37:37).

  • Let us see how we stack up.
  • Being a person of integrity means:
  • Being temperate, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, love and endurance (Ti 2:1).
  • Keeping one’s word or agreement even in the face of personal loss.
  • Refraining from half-truths (and of course outright lies).
  • Being honest and above-board in all undertakings.
  • Following only the Lord’s agenda and not our own.
  • Being undivided in love for and loyalty to God.
  • Doing everything for God without grumbling or questioning, thus being blameless and innocent and without blemish (Phil 2:14-15).

Being upright means:

  • Seeking the holiness of God and refraining from immorality (1 Thes 4:3).
  • Doing only what is right and just and good.
  • Doing nothing out of selfishness or vainglory (Phil 2:3a).
  • Not maligning others, especially in public.
  • Being humble and obedient to God in all things, even unto death (Phil 2:8).
  • Wanting nothing but what will be pleasing to God.
  • Living by the Spirit and not gratifying the desire of the flesh (Gal 5:16).

Being a man of peace means:

  • Not being contentious, argumentative, judgmental or intolerant of others’ views.
  • Not conceited, provoking one another, envious of one another (Gal 5:26).
  • Being a seeker of dialogue and principled compromise.
  • Not blindly insistent on one’s own views, while always standing for principle and what is right and just.
  • Being quick to forgive and to seek forgiveness.
  • Being patient with the shortcomings and weaknesses of others, while looking to their positive traits.
  • Striving for good and right relationships with others, even in the face of disagreements.
  • Humbly regarding others as more important than yourself (Phil 2:3b).
  • Looking out not for one’s own interests but for those of others (Phil 2:4).
  • Being merciful as God is merciful.

Is there a future for you?

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