This is the fourth and last installment in the series, The God Who Serves. In the first three posts, we saw that our amazing Savior’s ministry to His disciples was one of simple servanthood, including being so servile that He attended to their needs as a waiter and cook. However, we saw that the most challenging of Jesus’ teaching concerning leadership may be His command that His disciples were not to “exercise authority” over others, which is how Gentiles lead (Matthew 20:25). It seems clear that this denial of the exercise of authority would apply to positional authority, not spiritual authority, since Jesus and His disciples, apostles and elders obviously had spiritual authority. Jesus is teaching us that servants in His kingdom are to have no positional authority. This is very difficult for us to obey in a practical way today. How does a pastor/leader lead a church or ministry using spiritual authority only? The use of positional authority would be necessary to accomplish almost everything in leading an organization, including the hiring and firing of staff.
Jesus has thrown a spiritual grenade into the midst of our leadership paradigm.
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This is the third installment in the series, The God Who Serves. In the first two posts, we looked at three things concerning our amazing Savior’s ministry to His disciples.
First, upon His return, Jesus said that He will serve supper to His servants. This is a truth that we almost want to reject as Peter did when Jesus offered to wash his feet. However, like Peter, we must accept His words if we want to know Him.
Second, He prepared and served breakfast to His disciples on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, after His resurrection. His ministry to His leaders was as a cook and waiter.
Third, after breakfast that morning, Jesus told Peter that, if he loved Him, he would feed His sheep. We asked the question if Peter had understood that the humble servanthood he had witnessed that very morning was an example of leadership. Did Peter comprehend that being a shepherd of Jesus’ sheep was not only feeding them spiritually but also serving them as a cook and waiter might?
It seems clear that Jesus’ understanding of leadership is different from ours. That should concern us, since He should be our ultimate example of leadership.
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In the first post entitled The God Who Serves, we looked at two Scripture portions concerning the servanthood of Jesus. One was in Luke 12:35–40, where Jesus states that when He returns, He will cause His servants to sit down at table and then serve them dinner. This isn’t an act that we would anticipate from the Lord of all creation. He is the victorious One, who conquered sin, death, and hell. Every knee shall bow before Him, the sovereign Lord. Consequently, we are overwhelmed by the truth spoken from His own mouth that He will become our waiter at His return. The second passage was from John 21:1–13, where Jesus, after His resurrection, serves His disciples breakfast. We looked at the contrast between how Jesus ran this “event” and how we might. We should ask, “Why didn’t Jesus lead this event the way we would?” He is, after all, our example as well as our Lord. Surely, as the sovereign and omniscient God, He must have thoughtfully planned this occasion. It is impossible to think that Jesus did not know that He was displaying an example of leadership that early morning.
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