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Jesus said, “The first will be last; the rich will be poor; to gain your life, you must lose your life...”  In that same context, I have found that to be a leader, you need to be a servant.


Jesus Christ Himself set the example for us where in Mark 10:45 He says, “For I did not come to be served, but to serve and to give my life as a ransom for many.”  Philippians 2:3-8 describes Christ’s character and His willingness to be a servant on behalf of all mankind.


The Bible is filled with examples of other people who were servants (such as Barnabus, Ruth, Jonathan, Rehab, Daniel, Good Samaritan, etc.) and we also have modern day role models of servants.


The Apostle Paul was another man who had all the world credentials (Phil. 3:4-6), but it was “all counted as loss for the sake of Christ” (Phil. 3:7-14).  Because Paul was willing to be a servant, he had three definite characteristics:


1)  Transparent humanity -- He wasn’t perfect and he wasn’t afraid to admit it  (Romans 7).

2)  Genuine humility -- Focus on God and not himself.  He just wanted to help others.

3)  Absolute honesty -- A life of integrity, void of ulterior motives and hidden meanings.


Because these areas were in order, Paul could speak the words he did as described in Philippians 2:1-5.

Other verses:  1 Peter 5:6; James 4:10; Luke 14:11.  When God becomes the focus, not yourself, then He can use you in tremendous ways in this world.


What are some of the characteristics of a servant?  Here is a partial list:  Humility, unselfish, selfless, compassionate, hospitable, merciful, committed, available, anticipates needs, love, cheerfulness, joy, sacrificial, obedient, good listener, forgiving spirit, honest, peacemaker, generous with time and money, great faith, acceptance of others, encouraging, patient, not looking for credit, caring, devoted.


Consequences of Being a Servant:


1)  May suffer for doing right.

2)  May feel afflicted, perplexed, persecuted and struck down (2 Cor. 4:8-9).

a) Realize that NOTHING touches me that has not passed through the

hands of my Heavenly Father first.

b) EVERYTHING I endure is designed to prepare me for serving others

more effectively.  It is a necessary part of the preparation process.

“Things may not be logical and fair, but when God is directing the

events of our life, they are right.”

3)  May feel unused and unappreciated.

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