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True leader

'He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant...' Philippians 2:7 NIV

It's dangerous when someone ends up in leadership simply because they've got a big personality or because they are the best behaved. Before anyone becomes a leader their character needs to be seen. If someone is unwilling to wait, or won't serve in a lower spot, they probably don't have the maturity to handle a higher one.

True leaders follow in the footsteps of the one who '...made himself nothing...' (Philippians 2:7): they nail their ego to the cross and humbly serve because they care about others - not themselves. The apostle Paul warned his apprentice Timothy, 'Never be in a hurry about appointing a church leader...' (1 Timothy 5:22 NLT). It's a lot easier to get someone into a job than it is to get them out of it! Meanwhile God's work is held up while the mess gets sorted out.

In Bible times, if ever a place needed leadership in a hurry, Samaria did. Simon the sorcerer was a strong contender. The Bible says '...people, both high and low, gave him their attention...' (Acts 8:10 NIV). But, just when they thought he genuinely wanted to be a disciple of Jesus, he offered Peter money saying, '...Give me this power...' (Acts 8:19 NKJV). Peter replied, '...May your money perish with you... your heart is not right before God...' (Acts 8:20-21 NIV). People's true character can't stay hidden for ever. Who we are deep down will always be seen eventually.

So what now? Aspiring to leadership? Make sure you care about others more than yourself and you serve them with the right motives. That's a true leader.

Soulfood: 1 Chr 19:1 - 23:20, Mark 4:26-41, Ps 119:57-64, Prov 21:7-9

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