Footsteps in Faith: Leadership, greatness are determined by serving others

| July 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Capt.) Joseph Park
3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division 

ParkWe are always looking for great leaders. Especially as Soldiers, we talk about leadership a lot. As leaders, we influence peoples’ lives, both good and bad, so leadership is a privilege that requires responsibility.

Jesus talked about leadership in Matthew 20: “The son of man come not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” 

This is the true leadership that we need to follow, and Jesus taught his disciples about how to be a great leader — as a servant.

When Jesus’ disciples argued about who would sit at Jesus’ right and the other at his left, Jesus said, in Mark 10:43, “…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.”

We know that Jesus did not just teach his disciples, but he lived as a model of a leader as seen during the night he was betrayed, when he ate an evening meal with his disciples. He poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with a towel that was wrapped around himself. 

It was a servant’s job. He was the master. But he did not care about whose job it was. He served his disciples like a servant and said, in John 13:14-15, “I, your lord and teacher, have washed your feet; you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” 

We need to commit our lives to follow Jesus, as his servant.

John Wesley, a famous evangelist, said, “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.”

We need to realize that God determines our greatness by how we serve others, not how people serve us. We need to make ourselves available to serve other people. 

Love is one of the most powerful tools to evangelize to the people. We must be the salt and light that God has called us to be.

Rejoice in the day that God made for you, and may God bless you wherever you go, whenever you live and whatever you do.

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