The Counter-Cultural Jesus
The third word in the S portion of our SERVE Model of leadership is Servant: Self-Sacrificing Servant. The word servant is defined as “one who is subject to the will and the direction of another.” The idea of being another person’s servant – to be “subject to the will and the direction of another” – seems almost anti-American. Two of the most important events in American history, the American Revolution and the Civil War, involved freeing the American people from some form of involuntary servitude.
That’s why Jesus’ statement, “…the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve” (Matthew 20:28) seems both counter intuitive and counter cultural. The image of Jesus, the Son of God, washing His Apostles dusty and dirty feet (a service typically performed by the lowest of household slaves) is jarring. And yet, this is the kind of life to which He calls His followers. “Whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave.” Matthew 20:26-27.
That’s why the GNG Leadership Team wisely chose to build its definition of leadership on the word SERVE. For GNG to reach its redemptive potential, we must produce great leaders. And great leadership begins with a servant heart.
The Only Thing Limiting GNG’s Future Is The Number Of Leaders We Can Develop.