Eliashib shows us that servant leadership isn’t a deluxe or supplemental version of leadership; according to Jesus, it's the only kind of leadership.
The greatest leaders focus on serving the interests of the people they lead rather than building their own reputation.
“And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies, and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul, for I am your servant. (Psalm 143:12 ESV)
1. Servant leaders walk in humility (v2).
2. They “remember” and “meditate” on God’s faithfulness (v5).
3. They reach and thirst for God’s presence (v6).
4. They listen for God’s instruction (v8).
5. They bring all the glory back to God (v11).
Servant-leaders are team players. They don’t play the game for personal wins. They play the game to see the team accomplish something it could never accomplish without the cooperative discipline of others. One is too small a number for greatness… servant-leaders understand this and work selflessly to equip and empower every player on the team so that each person can give their best to the mission.
Leaders serve. It’s that simple. We can’t love God without loving people and we can’t love people without serving people. Scripture is clear that there is a correlation between loving God and esteeming people (1 John 4:20).
In John 13:1-17, Jesus is coming to the end of his journey here on earth. He’s spent three years teaching and equipping his disciples to become world changers. But before he departs, he wants to be sure they get this principle. He quietly kneels down, and in an unprecedented scene of humility and condescension, begins to wipe the feet of his disciples… feet soiled with dirt, grime, and manure, undoubtedly ripe of detestable odor.
John Maxwell affirms, “The road to biblical leadership comes through service. Leaders may find themselves in the spotlight, but they also take the heat that often comes with that place of prominence. They speak up for the sake of the mission, but they are also willing to remain silent when it serves the organization. And at any moment, they must be willing to make all kinds of sacrifices for the sake of their people.”