Seeking the Top

Seeking the Top
From the January 22nd reading
This morning I want to take a look at the kind of leaders that God calls us to be. What should we strive for in God’s Kingdom?
Luke 22:26
But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. (NIV)
  • The disciples were arguing amongst themselves as to who would be considered the greatest.
  • They were jostling for position (Vs. 24)
  • But we are not to be like the leaders of this world (Vs. 25-26)
  • The greatest should be like the youngest
    • The blessing and most of the inheritance went to the oldest (Jacob & Esau)
  • The one who rules should be more like a servant


  • Do not strive to be greater than others
  • Don’t be prideful
  • We are not to be like non-Christian leaders
    • We should strive for a higher standard
  • God many times selected the youngest or the weakest to accomplish great things
  • We don’t have to make ourselves out to be better than others to get the Father’s blessing
  • We should strive to be servant leader – Christ Like leaders!
One of the greatest struggles in the Christian life is to be the kind of leader that God has called us to be. Whether it is in our homes, our place of work, or even in our churches, it is hard to know how to behave like a leader.
In this passage and in Mark 9 we find the disciples arguing among themselves “which of them was considered the greatest”. It reminds me of a group of teenage boys trying to decide who is the toughest or who should get the cutest girl in the class. Interestingly Luke shares that they started this little tiff just after Jesus had explained to them that one of them “is going to betray me”. This strikes me as comical, yet we see this kind of behavior even in grown men and women today, and yes, even in the church.
One author in the Bible Knowledge Commentary explains it best: “The disciples’ arguing about which of them was considered to be greatest is surprising in view of what Jesus had just said about one of them betraying Him. Jesus then told them that such thinking is like that of pagans. The followers of the Messiah should not think about such things. Rather than wanting to be the greatest, His followers should each desire to be the one who serves.” This kind of thinking was revolutionary to Jesus’ followers, and it is still revolutionary today.
Oswald Sanders had this to say about this passage in Luke in his book called Spiritual Leadership: “Jesus knew the idea of leader as ‘loving servant of all’ would not appeal to most people. Securing our own creature comforts is a much more common mission. But ‘servant’ is His requirement for those who want to lead in His kingdom.” If you want to be a leader, and you are a Christian, then the road to leadership involves first being a servant.
I remember my first job as a Youth Pastor. We were in a fairly new church that met at a school. We didn’t have our own building and we didn’t have a place large enough for the youth group to meet in so we rented the Community Center. One night while setting up for youth group I began to grumble, “Why isn’t someone else setting this up? Why do I have to be the one to set up these tables and chairs every week?” I was feeling pretty frustrated, and even justified in my grumbling. But then, this small still voice corrected me. God reminded me of all the times that I had begged for my own youth ministry, and of all the times that I had prayed for a “servant’s heart.” I never complained again, and thirty years later I still find myself setting up tables and chairs regularly. But now, I do it with a smile as I remember all of the lessons that the Father has patiently taught me about being a “Servant Leader”.
In one of my favorite books, They Smell Like Sheep, the author says, “When Jesus contrasted godly leadership, ‘one who serves,’ with the authoritarian style of worldly leaders who ‘exercise lordship and authority,’ he stated flatly, ‘I don’t want you leading like the pagans!’” Whether you are a leader at work, in your family or in your church the message here is don’t strive to be like other leaders. Christ has called us to a much higher standard. If you want to advance in your place of influence, then become more like Him. And to become more like Him you will need to learn to be more like a servant.
If we want to seek the top (in God’s eyes), then we need to be the best servant (diakonos: waiter) that we can be! Can you imagine a church where everyone sought how they could serve others! What a church that would be! And imagine with me the effect that would have on the community! If we truly want to “Transform Chino”, then it is going to have to start with my heart – a Servant’s Heart!
If you haven’t already started, begin praying today that God would supernaturally give you a Servant’s Heart!
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One Response to “Seeking the Top”

  1. Christine Brann says:

    Thanking the Lord for His example of a true servant. And I pray like the message says for more of a servant’ s heart. I’m so glad Jesus humbled Himself and came down to be our teacher. He has truly given us everything we need to live like Him.

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