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According to experts, some politicians run for public office because they want approval, attention, and power; some serve only for the benefits that either come while in office or after they leave office;–but yes, some run because they do want to improve people’s lives. Sadly, the motives of some office-seekers do not line up with what Jesus Christ taught. We learn that from Luke’s Gospel, ch. 22. His disciples were arguing over which of them would be the greatest. Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called friends of the people. But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. Who is more important? The one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.” Jesus urged and exemplified servant leadership. Servant leadership does not selfishly seek power and prestige. It places the needs of others first. Oswald Chambers once said, “True greatness, true leadership, is achieved not by reducing men to one’s service but in giving oneself in selfless service to them.” Jesus promised His followers that if they serve others selflessly, they would receive a great reward on the other side. True leadership seeks to meet the needs of others.

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