CALL TO LEADERSHIP
There seems to be a dearth of spiritual leadership today and Catholic Charismatic Renewal has not been an exception. For this reason the progress of the kingdom of God is stalled. The men of God who have served as leaders cannot take a higher calling because new leaders are not available to replace them.
The question to be asked is why have we come to such a situation?
- Is it because there is an aversion to leadership? Leadership has become synonymous with favouritism, extortion, corruption, murder, self-seeking, double standards and the like.
- Is it because of false humility or poor self- image?
- Is it because of lack of proper understanding of leadership?
- Is it because we have failed to develop leadership? It is said as “lions beget lions” so “leaders beget leaders”.
- Is it because one is unwilling to take the responsibility?
- Is it because of ego? Servant?
The following scriptures which are self- explanatory, will throw some light on this subject:
- Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer (LEADER), he desires a noble task. 1 Tim 3:1
- Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." (Matt 9:37-38)
- "He said to them, `You also go and work in my vineyard.' Matt 20:7
There are many styles and types of leadership and the one that has stood the test of time and even being implemented in the corporate world (though in disguise) is Jesus' leadership which is about SERVANTHOOD not LORDSHIP.
The greatest leader said this of Himself:
just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Matt 20:28
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." Mark 10:45
For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. Luke 22:27
Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. John 13:14
Servant leadership is seen in the advice given by the advisors of king Rehoboam:
They replied, "If today you will be a servant to these people and serve them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants." 1 Kings 12:7
The call to leadership is open to all but it is Servant leadership.
Are we willing to make this prayer:
Make me a servant humble and meek
Lord let me lift up those who are weak
And may the prayer of my heart always be
Make me a servant make me a servant
Make me a servant today