Amidst all the chatter on Apple News and Christianity Today about leadership, I was struck this morning by Celestin Musekura’s* simple and compelling response to the question — Why is leadership important? Watch the short 2 minute video.
But not so with you … I am among you as one who serves.
Luke 22: 25-27
Jesus sits around our tables today and invites us to hear these words afresh. He challenges us to wrestle with this same portrait, to live into this same humbling image of a lowly servant within the daily-ness of our responsibilities and circumstances.
Jesus is our teacher, our example, our friend, and our source of authority. Thankfully his Spirit is already patiently shaping servant-leader-authority sorts of lives that are destined to be released for God’s kingdom purposes.
But discovering all of this is not an easy task in today’s world. Much must be unlearned as well as learned within this fellowship with Jesus. It requires much guidance, prayer, reflection, and friendship.
The world needs men and women who will attune their hearts to Jesus’ but not so with you within the uniqueness of their lives and communities, persons who live and lead in Jesus’ way.
Spirit, be generous in us and among us…
*Celestin Musekura’s Forgiving As We’ve Been Forgiven: Community Practices for Making Peace (IVP, 2010) is a wonderful part of VP3’s A Way of Life process.