Jesus also taught his disciples about the importance of serving sacrificially. Known are verses on giving a life for a friend, turning the other cheek, forgiving seven times seventy, loving our enemies, etc. One of the teachings speaking on the subject of sacrificial service was Jesus remarks about the Pharisees and publicans of the day in Mt. 6:1-5. Jesus rebuked their practices. Christian leaders of today should not act in a similar way nowadays.
Why would God choose Mary, a young inexperienced, unmarried peasant girl from a rural village, to be mother of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ? Mary answers this question in the opening lines of her song:-
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for He has been mindful of the HUMBLE estate of His servant.”
This theme continues right through the Bible and is brought home to us forcefully by James and Peter where they quote Proverbs 3:34:
“God opposes the proud BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.”
In verses James 4:6 and 1 Peter 5:5 it seems that God even picks a fight with those who are proud. Jesus not only taught this truth (Matthew 23:12) but he modeled this attitude for all to see (Philippians 2:5-11).
The only description Jesus makes of himself is in Matthew 11:29: I am humble and gentle. And he tells us to learn from him.
The New Testament repeatedly teaches the servant-hood theme, that Christ likeness is servant-hood, that leadership is best displayed in servant-hood. True servant-hood is not reluctantly squeezed out of us but flows from a place of maturity and stability that ends the internal war that tempts so many towards achieving greatness. Fractured spirituality lies at the heart of this and leaders around the world are observed, grasping and wielding unchecked power and a quest for personal greatness. Fractured spirituality has to do with knowing what the word of God says but seemingly being unable to live in its truth to the place of health and peace. Part of the answer is to help humankind through, apart from anything else, healthy modeling from leaders.
Healthy leaders will be found amongst those who are discovering in the very depths of their hearts and lives, that once you have become a son or daughter of the King of Kings, the quest for significance is ended, there is no ‘up’ or promotion from there and that this place is given….by grace alone!