'...Honour one another above yourselves.' Romans 12:10 NIV
Many people like being given respect, being listened to and being in charge. But there's more to being a leader than getting your own way or the buzz of wearing the captain's band on your arm.
Jesus said some serious sit-up-and-listen things about leadership when he was lecturing at one of his training and development seminars for emerging leaders (in other words, when he was hanging out with his mates, a bunch of flimsy followers who one day would end up being the world leaders of his church!). Jesus said: 'You know that the rulers of the heathen have power over them, and the leaders have complete authority. This, however, is not the way it shall be among you. If one of you wants to be great, you must be the servant of the rest' (Matthew 20:25-26 GNT). The best leaders focus on putting others first.
Paul, who wrote massive chunks of the Bible, had great responsibility as a leader. But he knew that leading is not just about telling people what to do. He said: 'I beg you, then, to follow my example' (1 Corinthians 4:16 GNT). Paul knew that part of leadership means being a solid example to those who are following you.
Bottom line: Leadership is more about showing respect than getting it, and more about listening than being listened to.
So what now? If your heart is to serve and you're a solid example, God will use you to lead others - whether you're called to lead, or even if you don't consider yourself a leader.
Soulfood: Josh 11-13, Mark 9:38-50, Ps 142, Prov 23:7-9