24 Now when the other ten disciples heard about this, they became angry with the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them over and said, “You know that those who rule the Gentiles show off their authority over them and their high-ranking officials order them around. 26 But that’s not the way it will be with you. Whoever wants to be great among you will be your servant. 27 Whoever wants to be first among you will be your slave— 28 just as the Human One didn’t come to be served but rather to serve and to give his life to liberate many people.” Matthew 20:20-28, CEB
Summary of the past few days: Leadership is about surrendering our vision of what our life should be in order that we might become useful.
We have a very difficult time living life in the present moment. It causes us great anxiety to not know where we are headed. We need a direction and we need purpose. We need mission statements and vision statements so we know where we’re going and how we’re going to go about getting there.
But this is not surrender. It is also not freedom. In fact, these things can be chains that weigh us down and prevent us from being responsive to God and the people around us. Leadership cannot happen when we are shackled to an outcome that we must manipulate through our own willpower. That may look like greatness to the masses, that may even feel like greatness, but it is not what God describes as being great and, therefore, it is bound to disappoint us.
God came among us to show us what abundant life looks like, to offer healing and wellness, to liberate us, to give us vision, and to give us hope. He did this through surrendering and dying not through manipulating people so as to be obviously “great”.
If you want to be great, surrender your plans and ambitions. Then, we’ll have something to work with.