Servants Not Celebrities

By | August 30, 2014
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“A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.  For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.””
(Luke 22:24-27)
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“The world is crying out for a different kind of leadership. These cries stretch from Wall Street to the streets of the Arab world. People are fed up with leaders who hold on to power so they can benefit themselves at the expense of their people.
As we shared about our work with our Christian friends, somewhat to our surprise, they added their cries as well, by responding, “Servant leadership is what we need in our churches!” As it turns out, leadership in most churches looks very similar to leadership in the world.
Jesus, however, modeled something different – the way of leading by serving.
Jonathon Martin shows us that leading by serving is all about giving the Kingdom away.
This book, about the cancerous crown and its cure, is a personal challenge as well as a practical roadmap for leaders in the church – and the world.
It is time for radical surgery – cutting out the ways of the world and grafting in the Jesus model of servant leadership. We hope you will seriously consider Jonathan’s challenge, and joint those of us who are trying to walk down a different leadership path.”
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Todd

I was ordained. I was in “Leadership.” I desired folks to “Follow Me.”
BUT, NO longer. NOW, I desire folks to know, and to “Follow Jesus.”

Because, I checked the Gospels, and the only “Leader” Jesus said to “Follow”
was “Himself.” Except once, where they were to follow a pitcher of water. 🙂

Mt 4:19 …*Follow me,* and I will make you fishers of men.
Mt 8:19 … I will *Follow thee* whithersoever thou goest.
Mt 8:22 …*Follow me;* and let the dead bury their dead.
Mt 9:9 … *Follow me.* And he arose, and *FOLLOWED him.*
Mt 16:24 …let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and *Follow me.*
Mt 19:21 …and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and *Follow me.*
Mr 2:14 …Levi… *Follow me.* And he arose and *Followed him.*
Mr 6:1 …came into his own country; and his disciples *Follow him.*
Mr 8:34 …Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself…and *Follow me.*
Mr 10:21 …One thing thou lackest…take up the cross, and *Follow me.*
Mr 14:13 …there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: Follow him.
Luke 5:27 … Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: said unto him, *Follow me.*
Luke 9:23 And he said to them “ALL” If any man will COME AFTER ME,
……let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and *Follow me.*
Luke 9:57 …Lord, I will *Follow thee* whithersoever thou goest.
Luke 9:59 And he said unto another, *Follow me*…
Luke 9:61 …Lord, I will *Follow thee;* but let me first go bid them farewell…
Luke 18:22 …distribute unto the poor… and come, *Follow me.*
Luke 22:10 …bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house…
John 1:43 …Jesus… findeth Philip, and saith unto him, *Follow me.*
John 10:4 …and the sheep *Follow him:* for they know his voice.
John 10:5 And *a stranger will they not Follow,* but will flee from him…
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they *Follow me:*
John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him *Follow me*…
John 13:36 …Whither I go, thou canst not *Follow me* now…
John 13:37 Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I Follow thee now?…
John 21:19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God.
……. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, *Follow me.*
John 21:22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come,
…… what is that to thee? *Follow thou me.*

I can NOT find Jesus, teaching His Disciples to follow a Mere Fallible Human.
If someone is my Leader – Then I become a follower – Of a Mere Fallible Human.

Why follow a Mere Fallible Human?
When I can follow Jesus?

Jer 50:6
“My people” hath been “lost sheep:”
**THEIR shepherds** have caused them to *go astray,*

1 Pet 2:25
For ye were as *sheep going astray;*
BUT are now returned to the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

I’m Blest… I’ve returned to the Shepherd and Bishop of my soul…

{{{{{{ Jesus }}}}}}

A. Amos Love

Todd

If, in the Bible, NOT one of His Disciples called themself *The Greatest?*
If, in the Bible, NOT one of His Disciples called themself *The Leader?*
If, in the Bible, NOT one of His Disciples called another Disciple *The Leader?*

Today, Would it be okay for one of His Disciples to call themself *The Greatest?
Then, Why is it okay for one of His Disciples to call themself *The Leader?*
And, remember, Jesus, did call Himself the “ONE” Leader. 😉

Yeah, it sounds strange hearing someone question Mere Fallible Humans as Leaders, and Leadership, for His Body, His Ekklesia, His Church, His Disciples. But, WE, His Sheep, His Disciples, His Kings and Priests, His sons, His Servants, do have a “Leader.” The “ONE” Leader. His name is…

{{{{{{ Jesus }}}}}}

A. Amos Love

Todd

Please forgive the sarcasm… Leader, Leadership is a pet peeve…

Was wondering… You write…
“I believe a case can be made for leadership, in fact in the verse I quoted above Christ states: “Rather, let *The Greatest* among you become as the youngest, and *The Leader* as one who serves.”“

“I interpret this to mean that we will have *Leaders,*”

If that is true of ALL your reasoning of Luke 22:24-27, would you also say…

“I interpret this to mean that we will have” some who are *The Greatest?*

Who is *The Greatest* where you fellowship? 😉 Are you *The Greatest?* 😉

I thought Mohammed Ali was the greatest! All I know is it’s definitely not me. 🙂

A. Amos Love

Hi Todd

You write…
“It is time for radical surgery – cutting out the ways of the world and grafting in the Jesus model of servant leadership.”

“Servant-Leadership” sounds reasonable. – At first…
But, in the Bible, I can NOT find “Servant-Leadership” mentioned. 😉
And, in the Bible, I can NOT find one of His Disciples called “Leader.”

How about this for “radical surgery?” For His Body?

Cut out, cut off, ALL those today who call themselves “Leaders?”
Christian Leaders, Spiritual Leaders, Church Leaders, or any kind of “Leader?”

Because, in the Bible, Jesus taught His Disciples NOT to be called “Leader.”
For “ONE” is your Leader, that is, Christ.

And NONE did. NOT one of His Disciples called themself “Leader.”
In the Bible, ALL of “His Disciples” called themselves “Servants.” 😉

Mat 23:10-12 NASB – New American Standard Bible
Do NOT be called leaders; for “ONE” is your Leader, that is, Christ.
But the greatest among you shall be your “Servant”.
Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled;
and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.

The Message – Mat 23:10-12.
And don’t let people maneuver you into taking charge of them.
There is only “ONE” Life-Leader for you and them—Christ.
**Do you want to stand out? – Then step down. – Be a servant.**
If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you.
But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty.

Jesus taught **His Disciples** NOT to be called **leaders** – And NONE did.

Rom 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ,
Php 1:1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ,
Col 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ,
Tit 1:1 Paul, a servant of God,
Jas 1:1 James, a servant of God
2Pe 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant

**His Disciples** all called themselves **Servants.**
None called themselves “Leaders.” None? None.
None called themselves “Servant-Leader.” None.

If Jesus instructed **His Disciples** NOT to call themselves “Leaders?”
And someone calls them self a “Leader?”
Allows others to call them “Leader?”

Are they a “Disciple of Christ?”
Or, are they NO LONGER a “Disciple of Christ?” Oy Vey!!! 😉
Or, are they just a **disobedient** “Disciple of Christ?” 😉

Why isn’t what Jesus said important? 😉

Thanks for your comment A.Amos. Actually I didn’t write those comments, they are a quote from the forward of the book, but obviously I agree with them or I wouldn’t have quoted them.

Your comment is thought provoking. I believe a case can be made for leadership, in fact in the verse I quoted above Christ states: “Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.” I interpret this to mean that we will have leaders, but they should not be lording it over anyone, rather they should be like a servant.

In the two verses below it would also appear the Apostle Paul is acknowledging that there should be leaders in the Church.

“It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do”. 1 Timothy 3:1

“For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you,”
Titus 1:5

So while I think there should be leaders the in the Church the problem seems to be with leaders not following Christ’s pattern for leadership.

In a purely pragmatic sense I don’t see how a local church functions with no leaders. That is why I really like the sermon by Wade Burleson. He states there is no lording it over anyone. Leaders are servants who lead by gentle persuasion.