But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
The two questions that we should constantly ask ourselves are:
1) Am I willing to serve others?
2) Am I doing what I am called to do?
Question #1 – You say you want to be a leader? Why? Until you answer that question with the right motives, God can’t promote you. Sometimes we desire the position of a leader because we want to be in control. We want to have success without paying the price for it. We just want the perks of being a leader; a big office, nice salary, a title others will respect, and to be praised and admired by others. Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be great among you must become your servant.” With the wrong motives and a prideful heart, a position of authority/leadership will always cause you to put your needs, your desires, your wants, and your need to set yourself up comfortably before someone else first. These things are always a temptation, and they must be avoided! You must genuinely care about people and help them reach their potential. When you put the needs of others before your own, you’re honoring God, and He will honor you.
Question #2 – We have different gifts, according to the grace that is given to us (Romans 12:6). Samuel Johnson said, “Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities in which he does not possess…and gain applause which he cannot keep.” If you’re harboring a mental image of the qualities talented people are supposed to have and you don’t possess, you will have a hard time finding your true strengths. Henry Ford remarked, “The question, Who ought to be the boss? is like asking, Who is going to be the tenor in the quartet? Obviously the man who can sing tenor.” To succeed in life, you must know what God gifted you to do.
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him