Servant leadership (Lk 22:26-22:26)

“But not so with you!

Rather,

The greatest

Among you

Must become

Like the youngest.

The leader

Must become

Like one who serves.”

ὑμεῖς δὲ οὐχ οὕτως, ἀλλ’ ὁ μείζων ἐν ὑμῖν γινέσθω ὡς ὁ νεώτερος, καὶ ὁ ἡγούμενος ὡς ὁ διακονῶν

Luke indicated that Jesus reversed this concept of leadership.  The gentile Roman leadership was not to be their way of doing things (ὑμεῖς δὲ οὐχ οὕτως).  Rather, the greatest among them had to become (ἀλλ’ ὁ μείζων ἐν ὑμῖν γινέσθω) like the youngest (ὡς ὁ νεώτερος).  The leader, or the one leading, had to become (καὶ ὁ ἡγούμενος) like one who served the people (ὡς ὁ διακονῶν).  There was something similar to this in Matthew, chapter 20:26-27, almost word for word with Mark, chapter 10:43-44.  Mark said that these early Christian leaders, the 12 apostles, would lead this newly forming community of Jesus followers.  However, whoever wanted to be great among them (ἀλλ’ ὃς ἂν θέλῃ μέγας γενέσθαι ἐν ὑμῖν) must be their servant or waiter, ministerial deacons (ἔσται ὑμῶν διάκονος).  Whoever wanted to be first among them (καὶ ὃς ἂν θέλῃ ἐν ὑμῖν εἶναι πρῶτος) must be their slave (ἔσται ὑμῶν δοῦλος).  In Matthew, Jesus reminded them that it was not going to be like that among the Christian apostolic leaders (οὐχ οὕτως ἐστὶν ἐν ὑμῖν).  Whoever wanted to be great among them must be their servant or waiting on them (ἀλλ’ ὃς ἐὰν θέλῃ ἐν ὑμῖν μέγας γενέσθαι, ἔσται ὑμῶν διάκονος).  Whoever wanted to be first among them (καὶ ὃς ἂν θέλῃ ἐν ὑμῖν εἶναι πρῶτος) must be their slave (ἔσται ὑμῶν δοῦλος).  Clearly, Jesus wanted his new leaders not to be like the gentile Roman leaders, but true leaders who served their people.  The early 12 apostolic leaders had to practice servant leadership, not dictatorial leadership.  They were forming a new kind of community that was not hierarchical but service orientated.  Do you think that Christian Church leaders are servant leaders?

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