Jesus’ leadership mandate draws a sharp line between power-based leadership and service-based leadership. It isn’t that leading like Jesus is powerless. On the contrary, leading like Jesus reflects a power greater than any power-based leader can offer. People were constantly amazed at Jesus. He radiated a spiritual authority that far-surpassed the worldly prestige and power of other leaders. Because He was here as God’s servant, the very power of God flowed through Him. His leadership model differs sharply from that of the world. What about yours?

But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant. –Matthew 20:25-26 NLT

Prayer: Jesus, may we humbly rest in and reflect God’s authority as we lead, exalting God and seeing Him do more than we imagine as we serve others in Your name, amen.