A common deception for leaders and aspiring leaders is the deception that the goal of leadership is the throne. Particularly when we are inspired by others who are wielding great influence already. This is where you just see the position occupied by your boss at work, a leader in church or another community or thought leader.
When this happens we begin to jostle for a position. We start jostling for the throne. If you are a person of faith, your prayer requests becomes mainly positional requests and supplications that sounds something like this “God, please make me a …”.
Is it wrong to desire a position? Absolutely not! The bible says that it is a good thing to desire to be a bishop. However the goal of the position or title is not the throne!
In Matthew 20: 24 – 28 Jesus was addressing his disciples who had a ring side seat that gave them the privilege of seeing the influence that Jesus wielded in His time. James and John got their mum to ask Jesus for positions on His right and His left hand side. The disciples also became indignant because they thought that Jesus granted them their request.
But Jesus turned it around, He said look. if you are really looking to go to the top, you’re going to have to change what you are looking at! Stop looking at the glory and the majesty of the throne! Start looking for a place to serve like a servant!
Pride causes us to aim for the throne, whilst humility causes us to crave service. As part of your service, you might need a throne. Infact the truth is that the throne was designed to be used for a greater level of service. However humility understands that even when you get the throne, you are a servant on a throne.
Even with Jesus, it wasn’t the allure of a throne that drew Him to come to the earth, it was the opportunity to serve! He did not come to be served but to serve. Authentic leadership is servant leadership.
Philippians 2:6-7 Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God, did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained, But stripped Himself of all privileges and rightful dignity, so as to assume the guise of a servant slave, in that He became like men and was born a human being.
The reason Jesus is Lord, the all powerful God, with the highest influence in every realm of existence is because he set his sights on the privilege of serving. His eyes where not on the throne. His eyes where on the opportunity to serve humanity.
The life and achievement of Jesus leaves us with one profound truth that every leader must embrace – You will NEVER really lead anyone or in any sphere that you have not really served!