Jesus said in ‭Mark‬ ‭10‬:‭42-45‬, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

This scene amazes me! Here we find Jesus (The son of God!) explaining to His disciples what a “win” looks like in the Kingdom. The disciples are probably expecting to hear about political power and world dominance, but instead they hear about servanthood and selflessness. It’s almost as if Jesus is saying, “If you want to win in my Kingdom, then put down the spear and pick up a mop.” The clear “win” in the Kingdom is not based on how much you KEEP but how much you GIVE. It’s not based on how many serve you, but how many you serve. We must remember that Jesus’ scoreboard is different then the worlds scoreboard.

This immediately challenges me to ask some tough questions:

  1. Am I a servant? Would others say I am a servant?
  2. If there was a scoreboard of my life and I only got points through acts of servant hood, what score would I have?
  3. Do I lead through servanthood? How can I tell?
  4. Do I really have the heart of a servant or do I just have the habits of a servant?
  5. What would it look like if our organizations, schools, government, communities, families, and marriages looked to Serve others instead of looking to be served?
  6. How can I help my community, church, or organization have a culture of servant leadership?

My prayer is that God would shape me fully into His image so that I would approach life and leadership with his scoreboard in mind. I pray for more opportunities to serve, embrace, and help. What do you think?

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