The Christian Public Servant – “on knees and not in flesh”
July 11, 2016 – Monday
Romans 12:3 [KJV] For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Mark 9:35 (KJV) And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.
As a public administrator for nearly twenty years, I’ve learned many lessons. Holding a place of authority, there are occasions when I have to react fast. Such instances don’t need my flesh on parade or my chest pushed out saying “I’m the boss.” Getting the “bighead,” as they say, is not the answer. Rather, following Christ and becoming the servant of all is what you and I are called to do.
Being a servant leader means holding onto God and truly allowing the Word to lead and guide. There are so many pressures and responsibilities that come with leadership. If you and I don’t humble ourselves and seek the Father daily, we won’t make it. Check daily to remain in a place of humility – yet operate through the power of God in the position He has called. Look for opportunities to serve.
This journey isn’t easy, but God sustains you and me. It isn’t by our power or might, but by His Spirit, which places us in a position to lead. You and I are not called to serve citizens by sitting behind a plush desk in a big office – but by truly being a servant from a place on knees and not in flesh. It is never about you or me, even though it feels like it sometimes. It’s always about God.
Today at work, will you respond from a place on knees and not in flesh? Regardless of where you work and what level of employment, will you be a servant leader – the servant of all?
Father God, thank You for entrusting me to lead Your people. Thank You for placing me in a position to help others. You are the Master of the universe, the Great I Am, and Master of all. Thank You, Father, for Your word and Your love to lead and guide me into all truth. I pray I may continue to humble myself under Your mighty hand. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Wendy Mahoney, Executive Director
Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence
and Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Public Policy & Administration
Jackson State University
Jackson, Mississippi USA