Philippians 2:5-6 says that “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”
Now this is Part 3 in a series on building a winning team – this is the principal of servant leadership.
You see this Biblical principal has been around for thousands of years and it’s just now being understood and applied in corporate America. And the ironic part is that many feel as though this is a type of leadership that is just now being created.
This concept focuses on building up people within an organization by serving their needs in order that they can do their jobs better.
Servant Leaders Do Several Things:
- 1They provide their people with the supplies, resources, and materials needed to get the job done.
- 2They care about the personal as well as professional success and wellbeing of their people.
- 3They put the needs of their people in front of their own.
- 4They also give up their “rights” as the head of the department or organization to serve their people.
Now of course these are all excellent things. But as I’ve said earlier this isn’t a new concept!
Jesus Christ set the ultimate example of being Servant Leader. You see, He was God in the flesh- and today’s verse tells us He did not hold on to His rights as God, but He gave them up in order to serve you and me.
You see a servant has no “rights.” They are there to serve. This is what Jesus demonstrated for us.
So remember, the next time that you feel “offended” or “wronged” just say to yourself- “I am a servant- I will not hold onto my “rights”, I am only here to serve.”
You see this puts a whole new spin on things, doesn’t it? It is a tough thing to do. But the more we work on the attitude of being a servant, the more we will appreciate what Jesus did for us on the cross. So let’s serve one another- and follow His model.
When you do this- you will be applying the Truth@Work.
- What does this message say to you?
- How can you be a better servant?
- Are there any other scriptures you can think of to help you become a better servant?
Ray is also a highly sought after speaker at churches and retreats across America, where for years he has challenged followers of Christ to integrate their faith in and through the marketplace on a daily basis.He is also part of the speaking faculty for Orlando, Florida based “Man In the Mirror” ministry where he conducts seminars and retreats across the country.