There is no quality so beautiful in a leader than genuine humility. This quality is not just that the leader has lowliness of spirit and modesty in words, but they demonstrate a true interest in the welfare of other people – their spiritual upbuilding and maturity. In the context of caring for the flock of God, Peter says, “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another” (1 Peter 5:5). Peter is not insinuating that humility can be put on and off when we feel it should be worn. It is perfectly expressed by Jesus in John 13:4 when “He laid aside His outer garments and taking a towel, tied (gird) it around His waist” to serve others. It was an outer expression in service of the inner life (See Philippians 2:6-8).
When you and I serve in the capacity of a leader, is humility demonstrated with the ease and consistency of an inner walk with Christ – the humblest of all servants? If not, we misrepresent the person we claim to serve and we hinder the work of the Spirit in us and through the church.
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