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Today is my last day being 29 years old. As it is a milestone age in my life I have been overly reflective over this last month. I have been asking questions like; have I achieved what I hope I would by this point in my life. Am I who I want to be? What regrets do I have?
This week ten years ago Katie and I walked into a Mosaic gathering for the first time. As I reflect on turning thirty and serving in this community for 10 years I want to share some quick thoughts on Leadership from Mark 10:42. So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 43 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Leading as a follower of Jesus should look different
Leadership is servant hood
Servant hood builds slower than using control and manipulation but what it builds is stronger and it is longer lasting. There wasn’t a lot of show for Jesus 3.5 year ministry at his death, but 2000 years later the proof is in the pudding.
Servant hood is harder in some ways than control and manipulation. It doesn’t feed our broken desires for power, misplaced identity and control. It does feed our deeper desires to love and make a meaningful difference. Serving is in reach of everyone.
It is easy to serve when we know who we are in Christ and we know where we are going. See John 13:3-4
Servant hood reminds us to embrace the responsibility of our calling and trust God to grant our authority.
Leadership sees our life as an exchange for others
After ten years of serving and working in Mosaic we have had many great times and tough times. We have had times when we have struggled to pay the bills, times when we have been uncertain about our future in ministry, times of incredible pain, hurt and betrayal, times of exhaustion, times of fruitlessness, lonely times and dry times.
We have also had amazing times, seeing God work through thousands of peoples lives. We have seen God restore families, save brothers, heal bodies and hearts, cause dead souls to come to life, bring joy in times of suffering and build his church through the fiercest of opposition. Katie and I are willing to go through all the tough stuff knowing that in those times our lives become a ransom, an exchange so others can experience life and life to the full. No doubt we will have many more tough times ahead. If we choose leadership, we choose tough times, but it is so worth it knowing God uses everything for his purpose and as Paul writes in 1 Cor 15:58 nothing we ever do for the Lord is wasted.
If you are leading at work, in your home, school, or sports team. if you lead a team at church, or a small group or are mentoring someone remember leadership is about serving others and laying our lives down as a ransom for many.
Ask yourself the question: what can I do for the people in my life to see their potential released in Jesus.
- Joel Milgate