Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.”

Luke 22:25-26

You know the type: if you give some people the tiniest scrap of power they turn it into a weapon to harm rather than a tool to lead. Bad bosses are a common thing. Good bosses are memorable and special.

Jesus gave his followers a completely different paradigm than the world around us. We are to honor those who do the hard work, who take on the tasks that others reject and make other people a priority.

Humility does not mean saying “I have no great ability” but “my ability does not belong to me alone.” Let us commit our hands to do the work of the Lord by being a servant as he was and thereby be the leaders he would have us be.

Ethan Kirl

Originally published March 27, 2020