One of the challenges of leading is to keep the right attitude. I’ve been in leadership roles for over thirty years and it’s easy to lose your focus. It’s easy to begin to think that you are special and deserve special treatment.
But that’s not how God works. That’s not the attitude that God rewards. Here’s what Jesus said about it:
Jesus called His disciples together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many.” ~ Matthew 20:25-27 NLT
God wants us to have a servant’s heart. To lay down our lives for the people who we serve. Jesus had all the authority of heaven behind Him but yet He washed the feet of the disciples.
I’ve always been involved with music leadership. My job is to serve the people who I’m leading in worship. To write, choose and lead songs that cause their hearts to be directed towards their heavenly Father. To lead with a servant’s heart.
Leading and serving: it can be quite a balancing act. Jesus lead his disciples and also served them. Sometimes that included doing miracles of supply (loaves and fishes) and teaching them through the process. And sometimes that included reprimanding them.
Prayer: O Lord, give me the wisdom and heart to be a servant leader. Lord, help me not lose focus on how You’ve called me to lead. Your way is always the best way. Father, lead me.