THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
HUMILITY AND FAITH
Today’s gospel: Matthew 8:5-17
We are servant leaders who are warriors in God’s army.
We should be able to relate to the centurion in today’s
as servant leaders we should be concerned about our subordinates.
“Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering
dreadfully.” (v.6). Indeed servant leaders are called
upon to care for the flock. We ought to look to their well-being,
particularly their spiritual well-being. Unfortunately some
servant leaders care only for themselves, looking to be served
rather than to serve.
in relation to the Master whom we serve, we must have humility
and faith. “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter
under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.”
(v.8). We indeed are unworthy servants. In our sinfulness
we are not worthy to serve a holy God. In our fallen humanity
we are not worthy to take hold of the divine work entrusted
to us. But God does give us the privilege. That should humble
us. Unfortunately some servant leaders succumb to pride.
we must have faith in Jesus. We must know that he is the victorious
King who is all-powerful, who commands nature and demons.
Jesus is able to accomplish what he desires, and that is salvation
for humankind. Now he entrusts such work to us. We must do
this work in faith, knowing we are equipped, empowered by
the Spirit, and share in Christ’s victory. Unfortunately
some servant leaders lack such faith and become intimidated
by the enemy or the difficulties to be faced.
faith, we end up lacking power and effectiveness in ministry.
Jesus says that signs and wonders will accompany his people
on mission. Do we believe? Do we act accordingly? Jesus continues
to tell us as he sends us forth, “You may go; as you
have believed, let it be done for you.” (v.13a).
makes us take the lowest place and look only to Jesus for
fruit in our work. Faith makes us soar to the highest and
greatest accomplishments as the Spirit of Jesus is able to
work in and through us. Then, again humility protects us from
destructive pride and enables us to give the glory only to
looks to the self, whether in striving for position or power,
or in depending on personal resources for the work. Those
are guarantees for ultimate failure. Humility and faith look
only to God, aware of our nothingness, self-emptied and ready
to be filled by Him. It is then that we can experience signs
and wonders in our work. Do we have such mountain-moving faith?
May we amaze our Master and hear him say, “Amen, I say
to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.”