(Luke 22:26 KJV)
But ye shall
be so: but he
that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief,
as he that doth serve.
I have to give credit where credit is deserved for this model
of leadership that I am about to share
with you. it comes from the book
The Secret: What Great Leaders Know--And Do,
by Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller.
I read the book a while ago and have been
wanting to talk about it but never really had the opportunity. So I am
looking forward to working some of the
ideas into today's message for you. To begin with, I think it is important
for us all to know that God has called us all to be leaders. You have been
called to lead your children, or your younger brothers or sisters. You have
been called to be leaders in your community. You have been called to be
leaders in the kingdom of God. Before we go into the leadership model let's
look at our scripture verse in context
and see exactly what God is telling us here.
(Luke 22:24-26 CEV)
The apostles got
into an argument about which one of them was the greatest. So Jesus told
them: Foreign kings order their people around, and powerful rulers call themselves
everyone's friends. But don't be like them. The most important one of you
should be like the least important, and your leader should be like a
Now here we go again with that upside
down kingdom. Give to receive, serve to lead, die to yourself to live the
abundant life.... Sometimes it can get
a little confusing.
As we look at what was going on here, we see that the apostles,
were having power struggles.
You have power struggles
everywhere there are people. even if
there is just one person, that person will have power struggles within
themselves. You have power struggles in
the work place, You have power struggles in the home. You have power
struggles in the church, boy do you power struggles in the church..... Not
my church...OH NO!!!!! it is just all the other
churches.... right? Right!!!!!!
The fact is we all desire to be
recognized and accomplish some good
things. The thing that we get confused, is in how to be a good leader. A
good leader does not
sit on his throne all day and get fed bon-bons.
A good leader leads. and the only way to lead is to be out front.
We have been created to do great things. look real quickly with me in the
book of Ephesians and re-discover some purpose
in your life.
(Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV)
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not
it is the gift
of God: Not of works, lest any man should
OK you should know those
two verses, so you know that it is not
the things that you do that you should be boasting about, but the
next verse tell us that it is the
things that you do, that you have been created for:
(Ephesians 2:10 KJV)
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which
God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
We have been created by God unto... or For the purpose
of doing great things that God had planned for us from the foundations of
the Earth. Now, here I want to take a little bunny trail about the
difference between predestination and
pre-ordained. You have a choice. God has
got great plans for you but you can
choose to walk in them or not.
God has given you unlimited potential,
you can use it or not.
God has planted in you the seeds of
greatness, you can chose to let that
greatness grow up in you or not. Even
Jesus was given the choice. He was
predestined from the foundations of the earth to die upon that cross for our
sins, but in that garden before he was taken, and even
while He was upon that cross, he could have chosen not
to drink from that cup. You are given new
opportunities every day. Every day you
get to choose to lead or to follow. You
get to chose to bring God glory or to sit
in darkness. You get to chose to fulfill
the call that God has placed upon your life, and in so doing, experience the
blessing and the abundant life that He has prepared for you, or to sit and
about how you were never given a
break. OUCH!!!! that is
enough of that painful little bunny
trail... let's get back to learning how to lead by serving....
OK, So we have learned that we have been created to do great
thing. We have been called to be great and Jesus tells us that if we want to
be great then we have to serve. Now, for that model of S.E.R.V.E.
Every letter is going to stand for a different aspect of
leadership and service. As we learn how to better serve we will become
The first letter is "S" it stands for:
See the future: We each need to have vision of where we are
going and where we want to go. You have
to have goals and set benchmarks for success. If you do not
aim for anything will will hit nothing. The Bible tells us that without
vision the people scatter. If you want to accomplish anything in your life
you have to set that goal in
front of you. Get
God desires for you. When it says "see the future," don't just get some pie
in the sky idea, but actually see yourself doing it,
accomplishing it. Sometimes
you have to visualize yourself successful in order for you to become
successful. We too often concentrate on the mistakes
we have made in the past and not
enough on the potential success that
awaits us in the future. It is good to
look at your failures to learn from them
but don't make your failures
your model. See yourself as the success that God created you to become.
Get a vision and
develop a plan on how to get there.
The next letter in the SERVE model is the E
Engage and develop others. You can
not make yourself the center of the
more you put others above you the higher you will grow. When you start to
focus your life outside yourself and decide to try to help someone else out,
you discover abilities and talents that
you never knew you had. Jesus taught this over and over
agian. If you want to lead then help
someone grow. Zig Zigler, the great sales
motivator said "If you help enough people get
what they want, you will have what ever you want." Or something like
that.... The idea is to lift up others. It really is all about
helping your neighbor. Get other people
excited about the plans that God has for their lives.
Get people engaged, not
necessarily in your plan, but in helping
them discover their own vision.
OK, now the third letter is R. this one might be a little hard for some of
Reinvent constantly. That means change. Change can be real hard for some of
us. But if you want to do things better you are going to have to do them
differently. You have to be different to be better. Do not
with the status quo. So wheater we
are talking about your health, or your finances
or your relationships you have to constantly examine
what you are doing and find a better way
of doing it. Do you remember the Japanese
word that I taught you which means
constant and continual improvement. the
word is KIEZEN. In order for you to get
from here, to where you want to go, you are going to have to
where you are, and see what you have to
stop doing that is keeping you back, and discover what you have to start
doing to get you to go forward. The important thing is to go forward.
Now for the "V."
Value results and relationships. Sometimes
when we get wrapped up in our own agenda and set out eyes
upon the prize of a given project we
forget the people helping us get there and instead of walking with them
along this path of success we end up stepping
on other people's toes
or even worse
walk on others backs to get where we want to go. All that is going to do is
to give us a harder fall from the top of the house
of cards that we built for ourselves. We
need to value both the results of our
efforts and the relationships that we
build while getting there.
I have to take another little bunny trail here because
relationships are so important to where
you are going in life. The point I want to make here is made clear by the
fact that you are who you hang out with. Show me your friends and I will
show you your future. Sometimes we have
to evaluate our relationships. We are constantly building and cutting ties
with people. Sometimes God brings us
divine appointments with people that we
can help along this journey of life and that can help us and at other times
the enemy will put people in our path that are there to trip us up and trip
us up and trip us up. Sometimes you have
to make the hard call and cut some ties.
Too often cutting those ties
that we know are holding us down become harder than
making new ties
that will lift us up. The Bible is clear that we need to shake the dust off
our feet of those
influences in our lives.... And you know exactly who they are!
The important thing hear is to value good
relationships and build good relationships with good people. Do not
find yourself unequally
yoked with people who are
dragging you further and
further away from God and your purpose
in life of bringing Him glory. Value results, Value
Then the last letter is E
Embody the values.
That mean walk the walk. What are your
are the things that you believe in and find worth living for. Things like
integrity and truth and honesty and handwork
and trustworthiness, and compassion and
generosity and diligence and wisdom. What are the things you value? Look
into yourself and ask yourself what is it in life that you really do value?
Your values will perforce your actions. In other words they will be the
underlying things that determine what you do with
your life because you do what you value
the most. If you value your family, you will spend time with your family. If
you value your friends you will spend time with your friends. Where your
treasure lies there will your heart be found.
So Embody the values
you set. Don't make rules for others you
yourself do not
follow. But follow the values of your
heart. Jesus said that if you abide in
Him He will abide in you. If you obey His commandments then you are abiding
in Him. Then He goes on to tell us that
this is His commandment that you love one another. His main value is Love.
He embodies love. God is LOVE. so I ask you
again, What is it that you value? What is it that you are embodying?
Let's try to wrap this up by keeping in
mind who we are and who God has called us to be. Too often we put God in a
box and in so doing we put limitations on
what he desires for our lives.
We suffer in pain because we have
decided that is
what God has for us. We live in poverty
because we have boxed God up in a world
of limited finances. We
settle for the crumbs when God has
invited us the the table. Sometimes we
just need to realize who we are in Christ. Let's go back to that original
passage of scripture where the
disciples are arguing about who will be
the leader and Jesus tells them how the greatest will be the one that
serves the most.
(Luke 22:28=30 BBE)
But you are those who have kept with me
through my troubles; And I will give you
a kingdom as my Father has given one to
me, So that you may take food and drink at my table in my kingdom, and be
seated like kings, judging the twelve tribes