And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45
Some of the most influential examples of leadership I have personally observed are related to an act of on serving. One such example happened in the cafeteria of a large organization. While eating a meal with my team, one gentleman repeatedly came around and refilled drinks or offered to clear dishes. This was a self-serve food area, so there was no staff dedicated to doing this. I knew this guy was simply kind and helpful. What I didn’t know, but later discovered, was that this man was the CEO of this particular organization. And every time I came back to cafeteria over the years, he was still serving others with a smile.
I heard a wise man once say that being an impactful servant means walking into the room and giving the best of who you are to the least in the place. It is the leader of an organization who refills drinks. Highest position choosing to do something humble and not expected. The most excellent example was Jesus. And His very strategy in accomplishing His heavenly mission was centered on serving, not leveraging authority. He had every right to do the opposite, every divine tool at His disposal, yet He made Himself nothing. He came to serve.
DO THIS TODAY: Choose to do one humble act of service.