Leaders Serve

“But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable unto (laid burdens on) the people, and had taken of them bread and wine, beside forty shekels of silver; yea, even their servants bare rule over the people: but so did not I, because of the fear of God.“

Nehemiah 5:15

In today’s work environment, we live in a serve-me-first culture. Service is missing in restaurants, stores, and everywhere you turn. There seems to be a lack of leadership in every industry and the workers seemed to be overwhelmed and not supported. We are having a hard time finding workers to fill roles, and we are having a hard time getting employees to come to work. The culture of the work environment has changed, and I believe the culture of leadership has changed as well. When I first was selected to be a leader, Rebekah bought me a book entitled, “The Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership”, which spoke about leaders serving their employees at the principal level and gave various examples of how this was done in several corporations. I read the book on the plane to attend Manager Candidate School, and it has served me well over the years.

We have discussions about servant leadership at work and several leaders say they aspire to lead this way, but this type of leadership is not evident in their style of leadership. I aspire to be a servant leader myself, but I am not always successful in executing this type of leadership. We have the ultimate example of servant leadership in Jesus Christ as He came not looking to be served but instead came to seek and to save. Being a parent gives way to many opportunities to be a servant leader, and I will say I have failed in a lot of those opportunities as well. Being a servant leader requires that you serve others, even those who may be your children or those who serve under you. It is hard to tell someone to do something that you do not do yourself, and it is hard to be a leader when no one follows you.

I heard a preacher once say, “Leaders serve, no exceptions.” It is not always convenient to serve, but it is required of a leader to be available and to be willing to put others first over their own needs and desires. It is not natural for us to operate this way as we seek our own way and it is always tempting to keep the last drink to yourself or finish off the fries left at the bottom of the bag. A servant shares of their time, gifts, and even money when led to do so. Servant leaders pave the way for others and will even take out the wash cloth and basin of water to wash feet if the need arises.

Spiritual servant leaders are motivated by the fear of God, which is the highest standard to operate from. Nehemiah operated from this highest of standards and mentioned that leaders before him had demanded food, wine and even money from the people. Even those leaders’ servants ruled over the people, but Nehemiah was different than his predecessors and sought to lead through being a servant and being accountable to God. I can promise you that if you lead others with the fear of God in your heart, you will make right decisions and do right by those you are entrusted to lead. God is the leader of us all, and we will answer to Him for how we led those we are entrusted to lead. Leadership is ordained by God, and we would be wise to follow the example of our Lord.

Has God allowed you to lead others? What would those who are under your leadership say about you? Do they despise you because of the way you lead? Do they see Jesus in the way you lead? Are you a true servant leader in your home, in your workplace, and at your church? Do you pray and care for those you lead? May we not be driven by preferential treatment by others, but may we lead by the fear of God. Will you follow the Savior’s example? To be great in God’s eyes, we must be a servant, and a true servant serves no matter what. God helps us to be Christlike to those we lead, and may they see God in us in the way we treat them.

Stay in the Fight!

1 Comments

  1. Marta Moreno on 05/05/2023 at 7:58 am

    To treat others as you want to treated use to be a rule to live by. Now it is what is in it for me. To God be the glory.

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