Recently, I saw an TV show that demonstrated the difference in leadership – that is, between the leaders of this world and the leaders in God’s kingdom. (see Matthew 20:25-28, Mark 10:42-45, Luke 22:25-27)
In this show, a lady was coming to a work site to help someone out. As she approached the site, there was a man with a clipboard directing other people as they hurried about doing their work. The lady walked up to the man with the clipboard, asking what she should do.
In this world’s way of looking at things, the man with the clipboard directing the others is the leader.
But, in God’s way of looking at things, the ones who were working the hardest serving others were the leaders.
In the world’s way of looking at things, the woman correctly picked the leader. She asked the leader what to do, and he directed her actions.
In God’s way of looking at things, the woman should have looked for the hardest workers and start following their example, serving as they serve.
In other words, for the church, the leader is not the one holding the clipboard directing the activities of others. Instead, the leaders are the ones working the hardest to serve other people.
Who are we following?