Servant/Leader Insights, Part 1

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

1 Corinthians 4:1 Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.

Sometimes leaders lose sight of serving. We are stewards, not owners. A steward is someone who manages the property and affairs of another. As servant/leaders, we don't own God's people and resources. We are stewards of the "mysteries of God" which means that we understand and fulfill the purposes of God as revealed in His Word. A mystery is not something hidden, but something revealed to people who have "ears to hear."

Jesus spoke in parables to sift out those who came for the "show" from those who really wanted to serve and follow Him. Everyone listens, but not many truly "hear." Those who wanted to hear stayed around after the crowd stopped listening, They asked for understanding.

Being an effective leader begins with being an effective servant.

Servants Seek to:
  1. Follow the example of Jesus in life and practice (John 12:26, Heb. 12: 28)
  2. Serve others as unto the Lord and in seeking to please Him (Gal. 1:10, Eph 6:5-7, Col. 3:22-23, Tit. 2:9-10. 1 Pet. 2:17-19)
  3. Let others evaluate their progress (Prov. 27:2, 1 Tim. 3:10, 12)
  4. Maintain a pure heart and attitude toward their leaders and all others (not judgmental)
  5. Resist the temptation to advance themselves
  6. Accept the consequences of their decisions and do not blame others for shortcomings (Like David and the Prodigal Son)
  7. Follow instructions and are prompt to fulfil responsibilities (Matt. 24: 44-49) Some people only work when you watch them.
  8. Work to remove instability from their lives born of doubt, unbelief, distrust and unforgiveness (Eph. 4:32, Jam. 1:6-8)
  9. Communicate clearly and sincerely with others (1 Cor. 5:8)
  10. Highly esteem their leaders and follow their godly example (1 Thess. 5: 3, 1 Tim 6:1)
  11. Place the interests of the Christ’s church over their person interests (Phil. 2:3)
  12. Promote the purpose and vision of God, not themselves (2 Cor. 4:5)