Fresh Hope – 8th October 2020

A conversation arises in scripture where a bunch of people were arguing about who amongst them was the greatest. Jesus’ response was simply, yet profoundly, that the ‘greatest’ is the not the one who lords in their leadership, not the one who is served, but rather the one who serves (Matthew 23:11). 

Genuine influence is not about having a big profile. It is not about having a lot of social media ‘followers’. It is not being popular or ‘being at the top’. Genuine influence is about service. The degree of your influence is in direct correspondence to the degree in which you serve others. Want to gain influence with people? Serve them. 

Don’t be tempted by the model of our culture that convinces us that the only way we get to have influence in our world is by climbing and performing up a ladder to get to the top. The kingdom of God works differently. Jesus is different. 

Jesus, our model in everything, LAID DOWN HIS LIFE and He calls us too to be people who are ‘living sacrifices’ (Romans 12:1). 

Jesus was described as ‘highly favoured’ with both God AND man (Luke 2:52). Ironically though, his favour and influence didn’t come through climbing the ladder, it didn’t come through lording over or controlling people. It came through service – this is the power of the Christian church. 

Authority God’s way is not so much about what you get ‘to be over’ or what you get to control. Authority in the kingdom is for the benefit of someone. Authority in the kingdom is holding the posture of servanthood. If you want fruitfulness, the answer is not in you standing over people, exerting your control over them. 

The same favour that was on Jesus is on us. We use that favour to become a servant. We use our blessing and privilege to serve people. Reframe how you see leadership and authority. 

Matthew 28:20, ‘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’.

Emma Burchell

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