THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
SEEKING GOD’S WISDOM
Today’s reading: Wisdom 6:1-11
leaders are those who have been designated by God to care
for His people and to lead others in doing His work in the
world. As such, they are given authority, position and power.
These are not to be used according to how the world uses them.
So we need to hear and listen to God how we are to act. “Give
ear, you who have power over multitudes and lord it over throngs
of peoples!” (v.2).
should we look upon and understand our call to servant leadership?
since we are doing divine work, the very work of God, caring
for God’s flock, proclaiming the very salvation of Jesus,
then we are accountable and will be judged according to our
work. “Because authority was given you by the Lord and
sovereignty by the Most High, who shall probe your works and
scrutinize your counsels!” (v.3). So be careful of what
you say and do. Do not be guided by your fallen human wisdom,
but by the wisdom of God. Thus be prayerful, read and study
the Bible, and be formed by Church and community teachings.
This way you can increase the chances that you will be a good
and faithful servant, “for those in power a rigorous
scrutiny impends.” (v.8).
because you stand in for and represent Jesus himself, you
will be judged accordingly. If you willfully neglect the formation
and counsel provided you, if you give dishonor to the Master,
if you betray his trust, “terribly and swiftly he shall
come against you, because severe judgment awaits the exalted”
(v.5). How should we act as “ministers of his kingdom”
One, we must “walk according to the will of God”
(v.4d). We must walk along the narrow path of righteousness
and grow in holiness, striving for perfection unto the Father.
Hard as this is, the grace of God is sufficient. “For
those who keep the holy precepts hallowed will be found
Two, we must “keep the law” (v.4c). We must
obey all God’s commands. This includes Jesus’
commission to proclaim the gospel to the ends of the earth.
We must read, study and meditate on the Bible, the very
word of God, in order to know God’s instructions.
“Desire therefore my words; long for them and you
will be instructed.” (v.11).
we must “judge rightly” (v.4b). We must grow
in divine wisdom, versus the wisdom of the world, so that
we can give good counsel, have right discernment, and properly
care for the flock. This way we will know how to act in
our task, as “those learned in them will have ready
a response.” (v.10b).
Third, Jesus starts us off with small responsibilities and
then gives us greater ones (perhaps first as CLS facilitator,
then Household Servant, then Chapter Servant or higher). As
we are learning, God is more lenient with us. But as God gives
us more, we stand correspondingly accountable. “For
the lowly may be pardoned out of mercy but the mighty shall
be mightily put to the test.” (v.6). Even with the difficulties,
sufferings and trials that we will experience, God allows
these in stages. God will not test us beyond our strength.
But God will hold us accountable for the gifts, graces, anointing
and empowerment that He gives us. God knows where we are,
and acts accordingly, “because he himself made the great
as well as the small, and provides for all alike” (v.7b).
is a great privilege to be called to serve as servant leaders.
If we understand God’s ways and the nature of His call,
then we need not be disappointed, sulk, give up, rebel, or
fall away. “To you, therefore, O princes, are my words
addressed that you may learn wisdom and that you may not fall