When Rehoboam became King over the Southern Kingdom, he sought advice from some of the elders. He did not take the advice, but here is what was said to him:
1 Kings 12:7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.
There is modern emphasis on this old truth usually referred to as “Servant Leadership” meaning essentially that the most effective type or leadership is based the teaching of Christ that His leaders are not to pretend to be “Lords over the Lord’s people,” but rather their servant in that the true biblical leader finds ways to help the people grow in the Lord and achieve the dreams Christ has given to them. The image of a teamster standing on a loaded wagon, cracking a whip over the backs of 20 mules, (and then wondering why his workers act like, well you know) is gone and that’s good.
The elders offered three principles of leadership that will help any leader:
1. Serve your followers by keeping their best interest at heart.
2. Answer their questions.
3. Speak good words to them.
When you factor in that each of us are leaders in some capacity, the above is very good advice that will bless many lives if we will studiously implement it in our life and practice.
Copyright © Larry Lilly
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