Friday, June 3, 2016

The Accountability and Source of Leadership

UV 1773/10000 The Servant Leader and the Serpent Leader
He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
John 7 v 18

The serpent leader does everything for his or her own glory and benefit. The servant leader does everything for the glory of God. Jesus said and did everything for the glory of the Father in heaven. He though being part of the Trinity and God in Himself, held Himself accountable to the Father and the Holy Spirit. The serpent leader in contrast does things on his own, with no sense of accountability. The source of power and influence of the servant leader is not his own self, his own abilities, his own personality, his own ideology, ideas or vision. The source of power and influence is God Himself. The source of power and influence of the serpent leader is his own charisma, his own talents, abilities, ideas and vision.
The servant leader is in continuous fellowship or union with the Father and the Holy Spirit. The serpent leader is averse to any link with the Father or the Holy Spirit. The servant leader is as a consequence, wise, humble and gentle. The serpent leader is foolish, arrogant, proud, rude and violent. The serpent leader exalts himself and is humbled. The servant leader humbles himself and is exalted by God. The serpent leader is conceited and thinks too highly of himself. He speaks often of himself. The servant leader is the messenger of the Lord. He speaks with the authority God has given him. He knows he owes everything he has received to God. He is ever grateful and gracious.
The servant leader speaks and seeks the glory of God. The serpent leader seeks and speaks of his own glory. The servant leader has the mind of Christ. He neither deceives nor is deceived. He pours out his life as an offering to God and a blessing to others. His foremost goal is to serve God and man in the highest, deepest and widest way he can. He does not ask, “ What is in it for me?” but he constantly asks, “What can I do for others?”

Prateep V Philip

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