Servant leader is just some words that are usually thrown around to “guilt” people into doing stuff. Being a servant leader is more than just a trendy catchphrase. It’s a philosophy of leadership that prioritizes the needs of others before one’s own. It involves leading by serving, rather than being served. Jesus Christ was the ultimate example of a servant leader. He put the needs of his followers before his own and led by example. This verse below perfectly encapsulates what it means to be a servant leader. It’s not about seeking power or authority, but rather using those positions to serve others.
Matthew 20:28 (NLT)
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.
So, What… for This Week?
As men, it’s important to strive for authentic servant leadership. Here are some next steps to help you on your journey:
- Start by actively listening to those around you. Pay attention to their needs and concerns, and look for ways to help them.
- Lead by example. Don’t just tell others what to do, show them through your actions.
- Be humble. Recognize that you don’t have all the answers and be willing to learn from others.
- Serve others without expecting anything in return. True servant leadership is about giving without expecting anything in return.
- Practice empathy. Put yourself in the shoes of others and try to understand their perspectives.
By following these steps, we can all become more authentic servant leaders, just like Jesus.
Remember to continue to connect with the kids around a “serving” attitude.
Here are some discussion questions (and Bible verses) that you can review with them:
- What does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself? (Mark 12:31)
- Why did God send Jesus to Earth? (John 3:16)
- What is your favorite story from the Bible, and why?
- How can we show kindness to others? (Ephesians 4:32)
- What is your favorite way to pray and talk to God? Pray for the families we’ll deliver food to!
- How can we be a light to others? (Matthew 5:14-16)
- What is forgiveness, and why is it important? (Matthew 6:14-15)
- How can we trust in God, even when things are difficult? (Proverbs 3:5-6)
- What is the Golden Rule, and how can we apply it in our daily lives? (Matthew 7:12)
- What are some ways we can serve others, just like Jesus did? (Mark 10:45)
These questions should be a good starting point for some meaningful discussions between you and the kids.
Please, take your time to really explore each question in depth. I hope this helps!
You’re raising WORLD CHANGERS!