Leadership, God’s Perspective. Sermon And Prayer Points By Pastor E A Adeboye.
Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,
27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—
28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Jesus Christ explains it “He that will be great among you, that will be chief, that would really be so, and would be found to be so at last, let him be your minister, your servant,” Matthew 20:26-27.
Here, Jesus was saying:
1. That it is the duty of Christ’s disciples to serve one another, for mutual edification. This includes both humility and usefulness. The followers of Christ must be ready to stoop to the meanest offices of love for the good one of another, must submit one to another (1 Peter 5:5; Ephesians 5:21), and edify one another (Romans 14:19), please one another for good, Romans 15:2.
2. It is the dignity of Christ’s disciples to faithfully discharge this duty.
The way to be great and chief is to be humble and serviceable.
Those are to be best accounted of, and most respected, in the church, and will be so by all that understand things aright not those that are dignified with high and mighty names, like the names of the great ones of the earth, that appear in pomp, and assume to themselves a power proportionable, but those that are most humble and self-denying, and lay out themselves most to do good, though to the diminishing of themselves.
These honour God most, and those He will honour. As he must become a fool that would be wise, so he must become a servant that would be chief.
St. Paul was a great example of this. He laboured more abundantly than they all, made himself (as some would call it) a drudge to his work and is not he chief? Do we not by consent call him the great Apostle, though he called himself less than the least? And perhaps our Lord Jesus had an eye to him, when he said, There were last that should be first for Paul was one born out of due time (1 Corinthians 15:8) not only the youngest child of the family of the Apostles, but a posthumous one, yet he became greatest. And perhaps, it was he for whom the first post of honour in Christ’s kingdom was reserved and prepared of his Father, not for James who sought it and therefore just before Paul began to be famous as an Apostle. Providence ordered it so that James was cut off (Acts 12:2), that in the College of the twelve, Paul might be substituted in his room.
(3.) They must be like the Master Himself and it is very fit that they should, that, while they were in the world, they should be as He was when He was in the world for to both the present state is a state of humiliation, the crown and glory were reserved for both in the future state.
Let them consider that the Son of Man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many, Matthew 20:28. Our Lord Jesus here sets Himself before His disciples as a pattern of those two things before recommended, humility, and usefulness.
Never was there such an example of humility and condescension as there was in the life of Christ, who came not to be ministered unto, but to minister.
When the Son of God came into the world, His Ambassador to the children of men, one would think He should have been ministered to, should have appeared in an equipage agreeable to His person and character but He did not, so He made no figure, had no pompous train of state-servants to attend Him, nor was He clad in robes of honour, for He took upon Him the form of a servant.
He was indeed ministered to as a poor man, which was a part of His humiliation.
There were those that ministered to Him of their substance (Luke 8:2,3) but He was never ministered to as a great man he never took state upon Him, was not waited on at table.
He once washed His disciples’ feet, but we never read that they washed His feet.
He came to minister help to all that were in distress.
He made Himself a servant to the sick and diseased. He was as ready to their requests as ever any servant was at the beck of His Master, and took as much pains to serve them.
He attended continually to this very thing, and denied Himself both food and rest to attend to it.
Never was there such an example of beneficence and usefulness as there was in the death of Christ, who gave His life a ransom for many.
He lived as a servant, and went about doing good but He died as a sacrifice, and in that He did the greatest good of all.
He came into the world on purpose to give His life a ransom. It was first in His intention.
The aspiring princes of the Gentiles make the lives of many a ransom for their own honour, and perhaps a sacrifice to their own humour. Christ did not do so. His subjects’ blood is precious to Him, and He is not prodigal of it (Psalms 72:14) but on the contrary, He gives His honour and life too ransom for His subjects.
a. Jesus Christ laid down His life for a ransom:
Our lives were forfeited into the hands of divine justice by sin. Christ, by parting with His life, made atonement for sin, and so rescued ours. He was made sin, and a curse for us, and died, not only for our good, but in our stead, Acts 20:28,1 Peter 1:18,19.
b. It was a ransom for many, sufficient for all, effectual for many and, if for many, then, saith the poor doubting soul, “Why not for me?”
It was for many, that by Him, many may be made righteous.
These many were His seed, for which His soul travailed for many (Isaiah 53:10,11).
That is how they will be when they come all together, though now they appear but a little flock.
Now this is a good reason why we as leaders, should not strive for precedency, because the cross is our banner, and our Master’s death is our life.
It is a good reason why we should study to do good, and, in consideration of the love of Christ in dying for us, not hesitate to lay down our lives for the brethren, 1 John 3:16.
Ministers should be more forward than others to serve and suffer for the good of souls, as blessed Paul was, Acts 20:24; Philippians 2:17. The nearer we are all concerned in, and the more we are advantaged by, the humility and humiliation of Christ, the more ready and careful we should be to imitate it.
How are you leading, serving or oppressing? Are you feeding the sheep of the Lord Jesus Christ that you are privileged to lead or you are devouring them?
Think about the above and do the necessary amendment now.
If you are not born again, you are not a sheep and you haven’t gotten the hope of being a leader in the fold of Jesus Christ.
I implore you to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Savior now.
May the Holy Spirit help us to lead as a servant unto them and unto the Lord in Jesus name.
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