We live in a culture that is addicted to “me”. We are constantly reminded what our rights are, what we are entitled to, what we deserve, what we “owe to ourselves”, and on and on and on. In the same way, this affects the way we lead.
We want to be looked up to, respected, held in high esteem. I understand some of that is natural, but for many of us, those desires begin to dictate our actions. Eventually, we are leading so that all eyes are on us, and the main goal of our leadership is for people to be impressed with us.
There is a clear distinction in scripture, though, of what Godly leadership looks like. I love this verse in I Cor 4. Here we see the new leadership of the early church, the apostles. And Paul says this about how they should be seen:
“This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” I Cor 4:1 ESV
So in the newness of church leadership, these guys are “setting the tone” for centuries to come. In the midst of that, Paul says, it’s not about me. It is about being a servant of Christ and a steward of the mysteries of God.
So let’s see. How do you lead? Does your life show people it’s not about you?