lead is spelled serve
Positions and Titles; many want them, few are willing to risk getting their hands dirty, or getting to work in the unseen. We often look up to those in higher levels of leadership and want what they have, not realizing that you are just seeing the tip of an iceberg. There is so much more beneath the surface. Beneath the waters of my leadership was a decision I made 7 years ago: I chose to serve others rather than focus on myself. Servant leadership - it’s not what we can gain from others, rather what others can gain from you. Jesus understood this all too well. I often look at leadership through the lens of Jesus: the greatest Man to ever live. A man that even 2000+ years later, His death and resurrection are still being talked about and followed. In John chapter 13, Jesus shows us just what leadership looks like. He gets down on both knees and washes His followers feet. He got down on both knees and did the dirty work, the work intended for a person of low rank. He led by serving others.
This past Sunday at Highlight Church as all of our superheroes tore down, I saw our scuba fabric sitting in the corner. This Scuba fabric is more than 10 feet high and 30 feet wide. It hangs from the ceilings in our kids classrooms in order to create environment. Let’s just say they have been a game changer in the decor department. As I saw that scuba fabric laying there I knew that they had to be folded and put away. Immediately the Holy Spirit spoke, “serve them”. I grabbed the Scuba along with another superhero, and we began to stretch apart about 30 feet in order to fold this massive fabric. Eventually the project landed me on my knees.
It was in this posture where God met me and opened my eyes to see what 7 years of servant leadership looked like. I began to see superheroes helping one another, go above and beyond, asking each other if they needed help, working together and not stopping until it was all done. True leadership is spelled serve. It’s for others. I could’ve grabbed another superhero to take my place, after all I did have almost 5 ask to take the task from me. What I knew was that in that posture, I was serving them. I was serving their mindset and shifting their perspective.
The more we choose to serve those that we lead, the effects trickle down. Movement happens and the force is unstoppable. Jesus knew that getting down on His knees to serve His disciples would cause the gospel to spread to the utter ends of the earth. He knew that serving was the key to success. He knew that serving others is what truly makes you a leader. It’s not what people could do for HIM, but what HE could do for people. So the question is this, what have you done today to serve someone else? We all want to be leaders, but few are willing to do the dirty work. Few are willing to work in the unseen, not realizing that it’s in the unseen that matters to God.