THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
THE GOOD SHEPHERD
Today’s gospel: John 10:11-18
Jesus is the Master whom we as servant leaders serve. We are
to follow in his footsteps and do the work that he instructs
us to do. As such, he is the ultimate model for servant leadership.
How does Jesus describe himself? “I am the good shepherd.
A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (v.11).
you give your life you have nothing left. You have given everything.
To die for the cause is the ultimate giving. Thus, any other
giving is “less” than that. In other words, if
we are willing to give our very life (and that is the definition
of a good shepherd), then we must be willing to give everything
else besides. These are our time, our talent and our treasure.
many servant leaders only give part of themselves. “Giving
all” of course does not mean we no longer have time
or use resources for ourselves or for our families. After
all, the shepherd must also take care of himself, and the
shepherd’s family members are also part of the sheep
he cares for. What it means is that we understand what God
has given us as under stewardship, to be used for the benefit
of His Kingdom and for His glory.
servant leaders actually serve themselves more than they serve
God. This does not mean all should now work full-time in ministry.
What it means is that we always have the agenda, interests
and priorities of God as foremost, rather than our own. In
the workplace we look for opportunities to evangelize. In
our homes we strive to build up the smallest church. In our
Christian community we seek to serve rather than be served.
In the world we seek to bring God’s justice and peace.
Christians are to put on Christ. All servant leaders are to
imitate the Good Shepherd.