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  • Writer's pictureOlufunmilayo Adekusibe

WHO IS THE GREATEST?


 

Today’s Reading:

Luke 22: 24-30

“But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves,” (v. 2)

 


It was at this time Jesus washed the disciples’ feet (John 13:3-17). Jesus was actually teaching the disciples servanthood greatness or kingdom leadership. Leadership in the kingdom of God is not the same as that of the kingdom of this world. The leadership by authority seen in the world system must not be brought into the Christian community. In the world system, you are the greatest as long as you are the leader but, in the kingdom, you are the servant of all as a leader, what a contrary disposition to leadership.


Whenever we think about what leadership should be in the community of God on earth, we must at least affirm that it should not be as the leadership of the world. In the church, Jesus has all authority (Matthew 28:18). No man, irrespective of his position and the title has absolute authority on the sheep because God placed them in the church not above or on the church (I Corinthians 12:28). Unfortunately, there are those who use the flock of God as an opportunity to exercise their desire to be first and have authority over others. (3 John 9, 10). They manifest their lust for power and control by intimidating the sheep into submitting to their demands (II Peter 3:1-5). The way up in the Christian leadership is the way down (Philippians 2:5-11), while the way up in the worldly leadership is to find our way by all means to the top and stay there at any cost.


Leadership is not by coercion rather its influence. We need to follow the leadership style of Jesus if only we want to be exalted. The greatest in the kingdom is the one who serves, not the one being served. Are you a servant leader? How humble are you to run even little errands for God’s people and in the household of God without any gain?


Shall we pray!

JAMES ALADE


 

Prayer:

  1. Lord, you are the porter, I am the clay, mold me into your shape, in Jesus name.

  2. Let every spirit of pride depart from me and let that humble spirit envelop me, in Jesus name.

  3. I become lesser so that Christ can become greater in me in Jesus name.

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