Pastor Andy Stanley says that you don't need character in order to be a great leader. On first sight this clearly looks wrong. When you look into it, it's obvious. History teaches us that lots of people achieve greatness through lying, cheating, stealing, murdering, slandering and backstabbing their way to the top. Just read 1 and 2 Kings - prime material for a hit (and graphic) TV series. The difference is that leaders with character are the ones actually worth following.
Think for a moment about the people you've been inspired by. Most of us are inspired by people of integrity who've gone through suffering with determination, who've proved their greatness through challenges. Jesus is big on that too. Look at His letters to the churches in the first few chapters of Revelation - each one is packed with His shoulder-to-shoulder encouragement to 'Hold on! Keep in there!', and each one ends with the 'rewards' He has planned for people who hang in until they get the victory. That's what we mean by 'leaders with character'.
If your desire is greatness, fame, notability or even notoriety, then learning to serve isn't for you. You'll just grow flabby on fame. But if you want to be one of those leaders who's worth following, then maybe you should begin to learn the true grit of servanthood.
So what now? Paul says that Jesus humbled Himself, and in humbling Himself God exalted Him to the highest place (Philippians 2:5-8). Greatness starts as you humble yourself and take on all the ways of a servant. Serve someone today.
Soulfood : Jer 14-17, Luke 22:24-53, Ps 69:19-36, Prov 8:30-31