[When there was indignation among the twelve disciples about who would be given places of honor,] Jesus called them together and said, "You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. 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."
— Matthew 20:25-26 NLT
"But among you it will be different."
Jesus was dramatic and emphatic. It doesn't matter what the latest leadership trend may be! It doesn't matter what the culture around us dictates! It doesn't matter what we may have seen in our leaders! In Jesus' Kingdom, leaders are not bosses and leadership is not about exerting authority. Leadership is about service and example.
Jesus' words are made even more powerful by his example. He doesn't just say it; he shows it in what he does to prepare his disciples for his death and how he goes to his death for them and for us.
Holy and loving Almighty God, you have all power and might, yet you demonstrated your love and leadership in Jesus. I pray that you will pour out your Spirit on us each day, especially our leaders, so that we will have leaders who display the character, courage, and charity of Jesus. I pray especially that you make me a more diligent and selfless servant. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.