by Emma Udoroh
Servant leadership goes beyond the notion of master and slave. If we look at it from the perspective of Lord and servant, we will experience power to serve as leaders. In Phillipians 2 shows us exactly how to walk in true humility and in doing so, we exalt our heavenly Father. Let’s take a look at Phillipians 2:1-11.
Verse 1 & 2 reads, Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy,2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
Wow, let’s take a minute to see what Paul is saying here. Before we can walk in true humility as a servant leader, we must first have a heart-felt relationship with Jesus Christ that is trusting and reassuring. We must commune with the Holy Spirit and develop the character of love and mercy. Sidenote: Doing this also enforces our covenant with the Lord.
Practical application: Consider a 3 day challenge. Read or listen to a scripture or passage of the Bible daily or listen to Sunday’s sermon and meditate on the scritpures and meaning of the message. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit for more fellowship and to engage the Lord in your daily activities. Write a list of attributes describing the Lord (Truth, beautiful, loving, restorer,gracious, rose of Sharon, provider, lily of the valley, redeemer, father, healer, husband, faithful friend, Lord, joy, peace giver, endearing, etc) and recite them aloud. Incorporate them into times of prayer and meditation. For further attributes, see Song of Solomon. You may wish to keep a journal but the main goal here is to make a choice to spend more time engaging the Lord and cultivating relationship.
Okay let’s keep going…
Verse 3 & 4 says… Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
These scriptures are intended to put anxiety about not measuring up to others and fear of failure to an end. There is no need to compete with others in effort to “out do” them in service. This means there is no need to get into competition with other believers hoping to look better than them by boastfully serving or doing works. Making yourself look better than others promotes self-righteousness and jealousy over works. This is called men-pleasing and false-humility and both are the opposite of Godly character. We must work together and serve alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ, being sure to lose the competitive nature by renouncing and denying it from operating in our lives.
Practical application: Pray and contact other ministries as led by the Holy Spirit and ask how you can join in their service to those in need. It could be contacting a non-profit organization helping those who have a financial, medical or emotional need. You can partner with them and co-labor by giving products, money, professional services or covering them in prayer. Repent and renounce competition, jealousy, fear of failure, false humility and anxiety by trading them for the fruit of the Spirit according to Galatians 5:22 which are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Hold on, we are not done yet. We know we must have a good relationship with the Lord and engage the Holy Spirit in our daily activities, now we will find out why those 2 principles are important in releasing the power that comes with servant leadership. Phillipians verses 5-11 sums it up.
vs. 5-11 reads, Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
What a mighty God we serve! Angels bow before him and heaven and earth adore Him! Wow listen, if you purpose in your heart to engage the Lord through the Holy Spirit in your daily life, He will be glorified through you as you work for the kingdom of God. As you advance the gospel of Jesus Christ through serving the poor and needy, community outreach, assisting widows and orphans, volunteering or whatever capacity just know that respecting others and serving in true humility is what the power of servant leadership is all about. Humility and unity gives access to supernatural power. We see that in verses 5-11, as Jesus humbled himself and obeyed the will of Father God, he was exalted and given power and authority in heaven and earth to the degree that his name is powerful than all other names and all will acknowledge his power and authority, whether they want to or not.
You need supernatural power to do what can’t be done with natural ability. As discussed earlier, there are forces of darkness that will try to hinder leaders (spirits of jealousy, fear, competition) from having the power that comes from God. However, when His character is reflected in us, we glorify Him as His supernatural power enables us to serve.