Today’s post is for every leader in the country. I don’t just mean political leaders; in one way or another we are leaders, we have some form of authority bestowed upon us either in our workplace, our homes, our families, our places of worship etc… In some shape or form we are all under authority and we also hold positions of authority. The focus on leadership in this week’s blog post is definitely inspired by the current campaign season we’re in. You cannot stay away from it; there are posters and banners of aspiring politicians (leaders) vying for various positions plastered all over our neighbourhoods. We cannot ignore the boom box cars, pickup trucks and lorries making several trips round our plots and estates. What about the newspaper headlines or the 1pm, 7pm and 9pm news and all the social media? There’s also a whole lot of road construction happening in different parts of the country and I highly doubt that it’s a coincidence that it’s all taking place right now before our election.
I like many of you have developed a mechanism of shutting down the noise. While doing this though the overriding train of thought goes beyond politics, tribalism and social issues; it is leadership. The season that we’re in as a nation, as a people (not tribes), united by God is one that’s highlighting leadership. While doing my morning devotion, Matthew 20: 20-28 really resonated with me. Jesus (a leader) was teaching his disciples how to serve others. Take a moment to read these 8 verses.
“Then the mother of James and John came to Jesus with her sons. She knelt respectfully to ask a favour. “What is your request?” he asked. She replied, “In your Kingdom, please let my two sons sit in the places of honour next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.”
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!”
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 on my left. My father has prepared those places for the ones he has chosen.”
When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked they were indignant. 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. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man (Jesus) came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many”.
The last three verses (25-28) really stood out to me in a great way. Here Jesus, God’s one and only son is speaking about leadership. He introduced a new style of leadership, SERVANT LEADERSHIP. According to Jesus, a real leader values & appreciates everyone and see’s everyone’s worth. A real leader should have a servant’s heart, which means they must be ready and willing to serve others. Usually leaders aggressively assert their authority and lets be honest service to others is usually the last thing on their mind, what preoccupies them is what they can get out of their positions. That has been the rhetoric especially in the political arena, but I’d also say the same is true in our homes (husbands & wives, parents and children, siblings), our places of work and even in our places of worship. The aim of this post is not to point fingers or make anyone angry. I want us all to be the change we want to see in Kenya. It all starts with you being the type of leader that Jesus told His disciples to be. Leadership has very little to do with you and everything to do with serving, valuing and appreciating the people under your authority. So this is a call to all leaders to change the rhetoric; let us subscribe to servant leadership. May Yahweh and the Holy Spirit help us to change and may we use the example Jesus left us with.
Until next week ^.^
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