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The Rise of Dictators and the Servant King.

Key Scripture: Mark 10:45 (KJV)” For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

SUMMARY

The world history has always been about dictatorship and leadership. They control and influence the environment by their persona, communication, ideology and philosophy. However, amid a dominated culture and society we thank Jesus that He modelled Himself as an ultimate Leader, with no false aura but merely a carpenter’s son, “a Servant Leader” changing lives bringing in hope and peace. Today our Lord Jesus is looking for leaders with a right philosophy, discipline and ideology that can inspire the lives of people under our leadership.

SERMON POINTS

Matthew 9:36 (KJV) But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

In the gospel of Matthew we read that when Jesus saw the people scattered and weary in multitude with no leader or guide He was filled with compassion. However, today we have the church under the leadership and mentorship of the pastors, teachers and elders a good leadership system that is heart woven by God.

Always understand that a good leadership is good shepherding. A good Leader influence the people and carry out the responsibility by making sure that all their  needs are met.

Psalm 23:1,2(KJV) The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

A good leader will be conscious about the state of his sheep. God has called us to be good shepherds in our homes, workplaces and in areas where we can be a guide and guard the sheep.

Proverbs 27:23-27 (KJV) Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. And thou shalt have goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.

The Lord wants us as leaders to be aware of the state of the flock; looking after the herd and spending time to know them well because our blessing lie ultimately in how we took care of them.

A Servant Leader ‘The Lord Jesus Christ’:

Zechariah 9:9 (KJV) Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

Isaiah 9:6 (KJV) For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

There might be a government around us, imposing laws and ruling us but there is a far superior government over each one of us and that is the government of the Lord Jesus Christ which shall have no end. Our Lord was the Son of God who could’ve marched into the city of Jerusalem with a battalion of soldiers or could have the best royal self but the ‘King’ came riding on a lowly donkey. A leader hence should do all that’s required to identify with the sheep. Our Lord identified with people by being one among them. He broke the walls of division and He encourages us to learn from Him.

Trademarks of a Servant Leadership:

1) Humility.

Matthew 11:29 (KJV) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

The Lord Jesus modeled humility. As leaders in Christ He expects us to identify ourselves with people around us with humility and gentleness. Humility is the trademark of servant leadership. Sometimes it may be difficult to be meek and gentle with the world but our Lord considers it as a yoke that we need to learn from Him to adjust to people and lead them in reaching the benchmark. So, have we learnt from the Lord yet? Remember Christian life is not a show off life but sowing life where we model Christ to others with humility and gentleness.

2) Service-minded.

John 13:13-15 (KJV) Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

Jesus Christ the Master and Lord of all, washed the feet of His disciples and He is asking us to do the same to one another. The Lord wants the leaders to be service-minded, serving one another, praying for one another and being available to glorify His name. As Job prayed for his friends the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. Therefore, let us say to the Lord today that our basins and towels are ready at His service to serve one another. We hear God’s Word because He stooped down and served us. Do we  have the towel and basin? Do we use life to satisfy our self?

3) Obedience.

Philippians 2:7-8 (KJV) But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Our Lord forsook His reputation and obeyed the Heavenly Father in humbling Himself as a servant,being in the likeness of man  unto His death. St Paul goes one step ahead and says “He was obedient to the death on the cross” . The Son of God showed us the extent to which we need to go to obey God.If God of the universe humbled, served and obeyed and made Himself of no reputation how much more should we obey to lead and serve His creation?

Distinction Between Dictatorship and Servant Leadership.

Dictatorship v/s Servant-Leadership
Selfish Selfless (Philippians 2:7-8)
Commands Listens(Jer 33:3)
Ego-Driven Service-Driven(Luke 10:45)
Position-Oriented Purpose-Oriented (Luke 2:49)
Insecure Empowering(Luke 10:18)
Busy (Authoritative) Free (Approachable)(Heb 4:16)
Role-Based Presence-Based(matt 28:20)
Disrupts life and destroys systems. Inspires life and builds systems.(John 10:10)
CONCLUSION.

Though the world is topsy-turvy today, we must always remember that God the Father gave His very best to us and our Lord Jesus is the very best one can have in a lifetime. Therefore, the Lord is looking out for leaders who can model themselves to servant-leadership in fixing this broken world.

Therefore, let us be good leaders in our homes, workplace to be a guide and guard the sheep. Let us choose humility to identify with the people, to shepherd, serve and obey as Christ Jesus modeled and has taught us.

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