imageLUKE 22:25-27: “Jesus said to them, “The kings of nations have power over their people, and those in authority call themselves friends of the people. But you’re not going to be that way! Rather, the greatest among you must be like the youngest, and your leader must be like a servant. Who’s the greatest, the person who sits at the table or the servant? Isn’t it really the person who sits at the table? But I’m among you as a servant.” (GW)‭‭

OBSERVATION: What is the hallmark of a great leader? As we are in a presidential election year this is a question worth considering. Is it one who is strong and confident, who possesses the greatest resume of accomplishments? Is it one who makes promises that appeal to the people and positions themselves as their “friend”? Or is it something else?

I wonder what Abraham Lincoln was thinking when he penned these words from the Gettysburg Address…

  • “…That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Abraham Lincoln was calling us back to our foundational roots – a government of the people, by the people, for the people. What type of leadership is required for this type of government? Surely it was not one who leads from a position of aristocracy or authoritarian rule. Could Abraham Lincoln have been pondering on the words of Jesus when he said,

  • “Rather, the greatest among you must be like the youngest, and your leader must be like a servant.”

Jesus used Himself as our example of the hallmark of a great leader. He was God incarnate, the Creator of the Universe. He deserved to be placed at the most prominent position at table. Yet, Jesus said He had come among us as a servant. The hallmark of a truly great leader is to be a servant of those he is leading. And isn’t this really a wonderful description of what any leader of a government – “…of the people, by the people, and for the people…” should be?

As we prayerfully consider those who are running for President of the United States, may we ponder these words of Jesus and of Abraham Lincoln. May we remember that the greatest leaders who have stood among us have not been those who have ruled from a lofty position of power, or who have promised to give us the things we desire. The true leaders among us have been those who have served the people, and helped us see what we need to become, what we need to accomplish, and what we need to sacrifice.

John F. Kennedy challenged us so many years ago –

  • “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

This was a call to a servant’s heart and attitude. May we pray for and seek a leader with such a heart. And may we be a people with such a heart once again.

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy-to-follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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