How Are We to be Servant Leaders?
In this passage of Scripture, Mark is telling us what Jesus teaches about serving others. This concurs with the story in Matthew 20:20-28. Mark records that John and James went to Jesus with their appeal; in Matthew, their mother likewise made the petition. There is no logical inconsistency in the records, the mother and her sons were in arrangement in mentioning respected positions in Christ's Kingdom.
In verses 35-37:
The apostles, as most Jews of that day, had the incorrect thought of the Messiah's Kingdom as anticipated by the Old Testament prophets. They believed that Jesus would set up a natural realm that would liberate Israel from Rome's persecution, and James and John wanted regarded places in it. However, Jesus' Kingdom is not of this world; it is not fixated in royal residences or on high pedestals, yet in the hearts and lives of his supporters. The disciples did not comprehend this until sometime after Jesus' restoration.
In verses 38-40:
James and John said that they were able to confront any trial or tribulation for Christ. Both would indeed suffer: James suffered martyrdom (Acts 12:2), and John was banished, forced to live someplace far off (Revelation 1:9). It is not difficult to say that we will languish anything over Christ, but a large portion of us grumble over the most minor disturbances. Assuming that we would say that we will endure suffering largely for Christ, we should likewise expect to experience the small disturbances that accompany serving others.
Jesus did not criticize James and John for asking, however he denied their petition. We can go ahead and ask God for anything, yet our prayer might be denied. God wants to give us what is best for us, not just what we want. He denies a few supplications for our benefit.
In verses 41-45:
James and John wanted the most noteworthy positions in Jesus' Kingdom. However, Jesus let them know that genuine significance comes from serving others. Peter, who was one of the disciples, had heard this message, and he expounded on it in 1 Peter 5:1-4.
Most organizations, associations, and establishments measure significance by personal accomplishments and achievements. In any case, in Christ's Kingdom serving others is the method for excelling. If we are longing to be on top, that will ruin us, not help. Rather than trying to have our requirements met, we should search for ways that we can serve the necessities of others. (Luke 22:25-26)
A ransom was the value paid to deliver a slave. Jesus paid the ransom for us since we were unable to pay it ourselves. His passing set us all free from the bondage to sin. The disciples felt that Jesus' power and his life would save them from Rome; Jesus said that his passing would save them from their transgression, which was a considerably more prominent subjugation than Rome's. (1 Peter 1:18-19)
So, what does this mean?
Jesus portrayed leadership according to another viewpoint because the leadership system of the world is altogether different from the Kingdom's. Jesus' central goal was to serve others and to part with his life. Worldly leaders are regularly egotistical and presumptuous as they grapple their direction to the top. Yet, among Christians, a good leader is to be the person who serves best. Rather than utilizing individuals, we are to serve them.
There are various styles of leadership. Some lead through speaking publicly, some through directing, and some through connections. However, all Christian leaders need a servant’s heart. A decent Christian leader respects and appreciates other peoples' worth and understands that he is not above them or doing any menial work. Assuming we see something that should be done, we ought not stand by and wait for someone to ask us to do it. We can step up to the plate and do it like a good and faithful servant. We can likewise ask individuals that we know how we can better serve them.
Numerous Christians have squandered years attempting to no end to satisfy others when they might have been undeniably more useful living as God had planned them to live. This does not imply that we are to do something rash or without some kind of counsel. We really ought to put out our fleece and look for affirmation from God first.
Servant Leadership requires a person to have compassion.
A servant leader must have the desire to take care of those who follow him. There is a story in Mark 1:29-34, where Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law (Matthew 8:14-17; Luke 4:38-41) and many other people. We notice that Jesus “came and took her by the hand and lifted her up.” Jesus could have told the disciples to help her up, but this was personal for him, he went to her himself. We will also notice that after Jesus healed her, “she ministered unto them.”
Servant Leadership requires a person to be disciplined.
Solitude was important for the Lord (Matthew 14:23). He made room in his clamoring day to be isolated from every other person and be with the Father. Putting energy with God in prayer and petition upholds a basic relationship and sets us up to address life's hardships and struggles. We need to cultivate the control of contributing energy alone with God. It will help us with growing in a profound way and become progressively more like Christ. Jesus even started early in the morning (Mark 1:35), and sometimes that is the best time of day because of the quietness.
Servant Leadership requires a person to be faithful.
Jesus tells the parable of the growing seed in Mark 4:26-29. This is a parable about the Kingdom of God, recorded distinctly in Mark, uncovers that spiritual development (growth) is a constant, slow cycle. Afterwards, the harvest of spiritual growth is at long last culminated. We can comprehend the course of spiritual development by contrasting it with the slow process of a growing plant. We may not see how the plans that God makes work; however, we do realize that God is dependable. We can realize that as we faithfully lead others, God will favor the endeavors of our initiative. We may not generally win as the world accepts how winning ought to be, yet as we plant the seed of goodness, the harvest will come. Servant Leaders are called to be unwavering and to faithfulness. (John 4:35; Matthew 9:37-38)
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