It’s obvious to me from today’s passage (Daniel 2:1-11) that Nebuchadnezzar was a terrible boss! His leadership was based on the power of his office. He used threats and intimidation to get his team to perform. This type of leadership has also been referred to as positional leadership. Jesus calls for us to model a very different style of leadership at home and in the marketplace. In Matthew 20:25, He says, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many’
It’s not always easy to be this kind of leader. After all there’s a job to get done! It’s so much easier to be like the king; to use the people to get the task done. But Jesus calls us to be leaders who use the task to build up the people. People led by such a leader serve not because they have to but because they want to.
Lord, you’ve assigned me leadership positions at work, in my home and in my extended family. In each of those spheres this week, please show me how to be a leader who serves. Give me a genuine love for all those who follow me that they may sense my concern and care for them. AMEN