Servant Leadership

Years ago I was privileged to speak in many churches and events concerning ministry and education.  I have always believed that I am on earth to do what Jesus said of himself, “I have come to serve not to be served.”  Then in Philippians 2:3 we read “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”  And then in verses 5 through 11 we read about Jesus being the servant.

Too often today this mindset is disappearing from the lives of Christians.  Too often we are doing life for ourselves and have no concern about others, about their feelings, about their needs.  If we are truly followers of Jesus Christ we will allow Him to live His life through ours.  This means humility, caring about others and esteeming them better than ourselves.

I was speaking on Sunday morning in Seoul, South Korea a few years ago and preached a servant leadership sermon.  Afterwards an alumna came up to me and said “I haven’t heard a servant leadership sermon since I left TFC.”  May we never forget that we are here to serve, not to be served.  And sometimes we make mistakes but may we be willing to forgive and help others become the person God intended.

May we serve God and serve people and allow Jesus to Shine through us.  May we wake up to the “old ways” which is the good path and we will find rest for our souls.

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President Emeritus Toccoa Falls College

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