” Then the wife of Zebedee came to Jesus with her two sons, bowed before him, and asked him for a favor. ” What do you want? ” Jesus asked her.
She answered, “ Promise me that these two sons of mine will sit at your right and left when you are King. ” You don’t know what you are asking for, ” Jesus answered the sons. ” Can you drink the cup of suffering that I am about to drink? “
” We can, ” they answered.” You will indeed drink from my cup, ” Jesus told them, ” But I do not have the right to choose who will sit at my right and left.
These places belong to those for whom my FATHER has prepared them. “
When the other ten disciples heard about this, they became angry with the two brothers. So Jesus called them all together ans said, ” You know that the rulers of the heathen have power over them, and the leaders have complete authority. This, however, is not the way it shall be among you.
If one of you wants to be great, you must be the servant of the rest; and if one of you wants to be first, you must be the slave of the others – Like the Son of Man, who did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life to redeem many people. “.….. Matthew 20: 20 – 28.
Please! Please continue reading the Bible. This is Life!!!
Joshua 1: 8 ” This Book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall read ( and meditate on ) it day and night, so that you may be careful to do ( everything ) in accordance with all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous and then you will be successful. “
The Bible contains many examples of leaders in the Old Testament. God raised up leaders such as Moses, Joshua, The Judges, The Kings of Israel and Judah, Ezra and Nehemiah. In the New Testament, there were the Apostle, the Elder and Deacons. By definition leaders exercised authority ( John 5: 27 ” And he has given the Son the right to judge, because he is the Son of Man. “ ) authority that they received from God. The Bible revealed various styles of leadership ( Ezra 7: 40; Nehemiah 13: 25; 1 Timothy 4: 6 ). But the to genuine leadership is SERVICE. Jesus himself ruled out the abuse of power by the Christian leader to be served by their brethren on the simple basis of their personal interests; rather leaders must see themselves as humble servants, imitating Christ who humbly served God and the human race. For their part, God’s people ought to honor, obey and respect the leaders God has placed at their service – Exodus 22: 28 ” Do not speak evil of God, ” and do not curse a leader of your people. “