Matthew 23:5-12 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
So much is wrong in Christianity. Jesus told us that to be leaders we needed to humble ourselves. He told us that we needed to serve to lead yet in our churches there is much of the same thing that goes on here in the lives of the Pharisees.
We do many things just to be seen of men! It isn’t real it is show! Matthew 23:5
We love to be called by our titles and recognized as big men every where we go! Matthew 23:6-7.
Jesus had a very negative attitude about the whole title thing. Matthew 23:8-10.
We think that the more people that follow us or the more that serve us the greater we are. Jesus said the total opposite. A friend recently died. He was a pastor. Just a regular man pastoring a church of 100. Around 1000 came to his funeral and memorial service combined. He only pastored a hundred people but he really pastored a town.
His church was located in a town of only about 300. He served many. God help me to be that kind of leader.
Real leadership is based on humility. That means that no one might remember my name or recognize me. That means that I might not get the credit for what I did or said and that is very important to me.
Real leadership will be on me serving and meeting the needs of others. That would mean a sacrificing of my needs to meet the needs of others.
The apostle Paul was used of God to say: 2Corinthians 12:15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
So let’s give our lives for others. Let’s serve them and love them no matter how they treat us. Let’s be givers and not takers. Let’s turn the other cheek and be wronged gladly.
We serve best by being nothing.