So Who is Called to Lead?
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Pastor Rick is in the middle of a series of messages regarding servant leaders but do we really understand who is called to lead. Often we think of servant leaders in terms of position, we think of pastors, elders, deacons, worship leaders, teachers, youth leaders, etc. These are all examples of those who are called to be servant leaders but maybe we need to broaden the scope of servant leadership, maybe we need to look at scripture to find out who is called to lead.
The verses above may shake your understanding of who is called to be a servant leader. Matthew 28: 19-20 is a familiar passage to most of us and it tells us that we are all called to make disciples and teach them God’s way. Take a moment to think about what that involves, it involves leading others both to Christ and then into a firm relationship with Him. This is a leadership position and one that comes with great responsibility. In James 3:1, the Word tells us that those who teach come under a greater judgment, they have a responsibility as leaders to not only share the Word accurately but to make sure their approach is one that does not harm the testimony of Christ. As individuals called to disciple and teach others we are servant leaders.
Can you imagine if every lived as if they believed they were called to be a servant leader? Would there be the kind of competition and division that has plagued the church for centuries? Would your opinion about the color of the carpet or the instruments used during worship be so important that you want your way? Would most of our church growth come from believers who are looking for the perfect church based on their idea of what a perfect church should be? If we all accepted our call to be servant leaders under Christ’s direction most, if not all, of the churches conflicts would disappear and their effectiveness to draw others towards Christ would be phenomenal.
If you have begun a relationship with Jesus Christ then you are called to lead and to lead as a servant. It is essential that each of us recognize this calling in our lives and then do what it takes to not only learn what being a servant leader means but to be willing to live it out daily.