The Bible says in Isaiah 55:8, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord.” From the previous post we pointed out that greatness isn’t about being better than other people but being the best of what you can be. It also isn’t about domineering over other people, and barking orders for people to carry out. Unfortunately that’s the picture that the world has painted.
God’s view to greatness (and leadership) is different to that of the world. Having a heart of service is true greatness. The world tells us that greatness comes from having the finer things in life like a big house, the nice cars, fame, riches and glory. Sadly this mentality leads people to get those things at whatever cost. We see this happening every day where state leaders around the world put their own interests ahead of the people they are supposed to lead resulting in hunger, poverty, crime, broken families, just to name a few.
A question you may be asking is, “What is leadership?” John C. Maxwell, the world renowned leadership expert puts it this way: Leadership is influence. Nothing more, nothing less. Some people don’t really agree with his definition but influence is really at the core of leadership.
Serving other people and meeting their needs is the basis of influencing them to move with you in a certain direction. Jesus did this throughout his ministry here on earth and that is how he touched so many lives. Is it not encouraging to know that you can develop leadership qualities so that you can become great?
While material possessions in themselves aren’t a bad thing, the attitude we carry towards them says a lot about us. When leaders begin to look out for themselves the people they lead begin to do the same which is why we have broken societies and organizations. It’s imperative to understand that leadership has everything to do with serving.
What better leadership model than Jesus Christ can you copy from? Everything you need to know was modelled by Him so it would be a good investment on your part to take the time to learn from his ministry here on earth.
“I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” (Acts 20:35) We have many opportunities to serve God, family, in the workplace, our community and nation. Next week we are going to look at practical ways in which we can be of service in those different areas.
Align yourself with God and serve Him faithfully because, “A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.” (Proverbs 28:20) Share your experiences below of how God has shaped your life through your service to Him. Until next time,
I hope you have gained some valuable insight from this post. Let us know what else you can do to become a great person in the comments section below: