Date: Friday, August 6
Scripture: Mark 10:35-45
Verse: So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you (Mark 10:42-43a)
This week the news has been filled with conversation about the leaders of Syria using chemical weapons on their own people, and if/how the United States and other nations should respond. It is difficult for us who elect our leaders to wrap our minds around living in such a circumstance. Unfortunately, we have heard these stories before. Governments have been known to lord their leadership over their people, even in dangerous ways.
You may also experience this more personally. You may have a supervisor who uses her position to keep others down, or a teacher who rules his classroom with an iron fist. You may know a bully in your friend group, or have a member of your family who demeans you. Many of us have experienced those in power lording it over us.
Our call as members of the Kingdom of God, is to model a new kind of leadership, Godly leadership, servant-leadership. Kingdom leadership turns the world’s model upside-down. Rather than a place where all are “looking out for number one,” those in the Kingdom are looking out for each other. In the Kingdom those with power are not to lord it over others, rather they are to use what they have to serve those without.
Prayer: Teach me, O God, to be a Kingdom-leader. Amen.
Action: Make a plan to transform your leadership roles into the model of servant-leadership.
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