Want to find a leader? Where do we look? Most cultures look to those they consider to be the smart ones. In our culture it’s the Ivy Leaguers, the Yale or Harvard Law School graduates, those who spent years learning the ins and outs of diplomacy.
When I was a kid, the Cold War was hot, and Eisenhower was President. Why? Because when we’re threatened, we choose generals. Before Eisenhower entered the White House, he was the general who commanded 156,000 troops in the Normandy Invasion of 1944.
Last year a lot of folks felt that the economy was in shambles. So Donald Trump, a billionaire businessman, was chosen as the Republican nominee. Intellectuals, soldiers, and business people—they all get chosen to rule, but there is one class, unless there’s a revolution, that never gets chosen—the servants. And this is where Jesus Christ in the first century turned leadership theory on its head. He challenged His twelve disciples first to be servants, like Him. Then He told them that one-day they would sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
“Now you are those who remained with me in my trials. So I give to you, just as my Father gave to me, a kingdom. You will eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit upon twelve thrones judging the tribes of Israel.” Luke 22:28-30
The way things are in this present world, servants face hard times. Jesus did. His Apostles did, and we should expect the same. I have to decide today whose kingdom I live for and which kingdom wins in the end.
LORD, thank you that in Your thousand year reign mentioned in Revelation 20 that your twelve Jewish apostles will be ruling as Your intimate associates. By Your Spirit’s power help me take the role of a servant as I teach my classes, in my relationship with Mary, and with others.
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