September 04, 2016 Series: Royalty
“Leadership is influence nothing more nothing less” -John Maxwell
1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV) Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
Matthew 20:20-28 (NLT) 20 The mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus with her sons. She knelt respectfully to ask a favor. 21 “What is your request?” he asked. She replied, “In your Kingdom, please let my two sons sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.” 22 But Jesus answered by saying to them, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink?” “Oh yes,” they replied, “we are able!” 23 Jesus told them, “You will indeed drink from my bitter cup. But I have no right to say who will sit on my right or my left. My Father has prepared those places for the ones he has chosen.” 24 When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant. 25 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. 26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. 28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Imitate his attitude.
Philippians 2:1-4 (NIV) 1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus….
Romans 12:3 (NIV) Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less” -CS Lewis
“We don't promote ourselves…We focus on exalting God and trust his promotion process.”
James 4:6 (NIV)"God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
Imitate his leadership by serving
“In the kingdom leadership isn't about climbing to the top but serving our way to the bottom.”
Philippians 2:6-8 (NIV) 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross!
“In the kingdom we rule like servants and we serve like kings.” -Bill Johnson
“If serving is below you leadership is beyond you.” -anonymous