God has called you to be a leader. That’s right, a leader, YOU, the person you see when you look in the mirror. It doesn’t matter whether you think you are leader material or not. He has called you to lead. We have all heard statements like, “She is a natural born leader” or “He is more of a follower instead of a leader.” I understand the statements and in the right context I agree. Not everyone is gifted with the ability to lead a large corporation or congregation well. Just as not everyone is gifted with the desire to serve all the time with little or no recognition. Being gifted in leadership or stewardship does not mean God will not require both from us. It only means you will feel more comfortable in which ever role the Holy Spirit has heightened your ability.
I began with leadership because that is the role where more people feel uncomfortable. This is understandable because we definitely need fewer leaders than we do willing servants. “Not everyone is born to lead” right? OK, maybe, but everyone is called to lead, at some time, in some situation. 25 people are needed to help out with VBS or the company picnic, who is going to organize and execute the plan? Or maybe it’s only 3 people needed to help serve snacks to the preschoolers. You still need a leader. Without leadership, service will always be compromised. How can anyone follow without something or someone to follow? There has to be direction, a goal, a destination, an objective to meet. A leader sets that direction and defines the objective. A leader gets the ball rolling and servers keep the ball rolling.
Leading and serving is a relationship where each is dependent on the other to produce a fruitful and ongoing result. A fruitful relationship is the combination of two or more things simultaneously carrying out their independent roles to produce something greater than the individual. The title of leader and server should get lost when a relationship is done right. Jesus was both Lord and servant. In John 13:13 Jesus says, “You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.” In Mark 10:45 He also says, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.” Jesus is the greatest leader the world has ever known. He also is the most faithful, obedient servant ever to be. Jesus understands relationships and the importance to carry out our role inside those relationships. Somewhere there is a relationship that needs you to carry out your leadership role, are you doing your part?