Servant Leaders – Part 3
“I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind…” (1 Samuel 2:35 NIV)
Because Eli and his sons (though in disparate ways) put their own interests above those of God and the welfare of his people, God went against his previous promise and removed Eli’s family from the priestly positions they had held for generations. God simply declared his remedy: “I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind” (1 Samuel 2:35a).
Throughout the history of the Christian church, there have always been sleepy, out-of-touch leaders like Eli and scoundrels like his sons who greedily exploit people. And until Christ returns, that will continue to be.
But that doesn’t have to be me. And it doesn’t have to be you. We can put others first and not ourselves. We can choose, by God’s grace, to do what is right in the sight of the Lord.
God wants leaders who see men and women as he does—with compassionate love. Servant leaders who love the people they serve. That’s why God appointed Hannah’s son, Samuel, to replace Eli and his sons. Samuel had a tender, shepherd-like concern for his people and was in tune with God’s purpose for Israel.
Suffice it to say that today God is looking for the same. Ministers, pastors, and believers in Jesus who share his mind and heart and will act accordingly. He wants his followers to serve as he did—in love.
- Pastor Cymbala (excerpted from Strong through the Storm)