PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Servant LeadershipJohn Tilton
1 Peter 5:1-4 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elderand a witnessof Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed:Be shepherds of God’s flockthat is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be;not pursuing dishonest gain,but eager to serve;not lording it overthose entrusted to you, but being examplesto the flock.And when the Chief Shepherdappears, you will receive the crown of glorythat will never fade away.
Peter encourages his fellow leaders to lead and shepherd the people as a servant leader,as opposed to a dictatorship or authoritative leader. It is such a great reminder for all who are placed in a position of leadership to lead, guide and influence those who God places under one's care, whether it be family, corporate or ministry. Those that are dictated to may accomplish the task. However, those that are led by servant leaders will go forth with dedication, care and heart. They will accomplish the task because they are motivated rather then commanded. What is also important is that servant leadership can repiicate itself in those that are led, whereby the example set is the attribute passed on, as people will reproduce who they are. Thus, if one is led by servant leadership who is willing, cares, is relational and sets an example, their is a propensity that more will be caught then taught and therefore replicated and passed on. Peter affirms that God sees our every heart, movtives and actions and will pour out blessings accordingly.
As responsibilities and assignments in my family and ministry can tend to extend to the edges of my plate of capacity, I know that I at times can tend to get tasky, less relational and thus tend to lead with a directive manner rather then a servant manner, where I am directing rather then guiding and supporting those under my care of leadership. This is a great reminder for me to be mindful of delivery, communication, guidance, support and relationship rather then directing the accomplishment of the assignment or task. I am mindful that I want to lead by example of sharing vision together with guidance and an understanding of why we do what we do to honor where God has placed us in our lives, work and ministry. I realize that good servant leadership when reproduced and replicated can become a legacy.
Dear Lord, please keep me mindful of the leader I am, guided by you and the heart of serving those that I lead. May I set an example that they will willfully and heartfully follow and feel enthusiastic rather then directed to accomplish the task.