Understanding the biblical definition of leadership

The Bible’s view on leadership may seem different from what believers witness in their daily lives. Instead of leading to obtain a position that empowers one to order others around, the scriptures teach that the first should be last and that whoever wants to lead must be like a servant.

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Exemplified by Jesus himself in the gospel, servant leadership is more than just getting perks and respect that come with the position. It also comes with a cost that requires a person to care for those who might be in need of guidance. It involves putting oneself last for the good of others.

In a competitive workplace, obeying this command from the Lord Jesus can be challenging. In a context where position means power, it can sometimes be difficult to think of another person. However, as the gospels have shown, it is still possible to lead while being the servant of all. Before Jesus was crucified, he invested in the lives of his disciples. He taught and trained them for ministry day and night. Though he knows that he is the Son of God, he healed, taught, and trained people from all walks of life. His genuine friendship with people gave them comfort and strengthened their faith.

Being a servant leader allows a person to lift others up through their influence. It also makes them aware of what is going on in the world around them. When Jesus said that a leader must be like a servant, he did not mean for them to become suffering slaves. Perhaps he also wanted his people to experience the joy in seeing others grow to become individuals with purpose. He might have intended this to build up a community of people who strengthen each other.

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Westside Family Church members are committed and empowered to serve like Jesus. Its Care Network provides effective and loving care that includes professional counseling, lifelines support groups, Stephen ministry, funeral assistance and grief care, wedding preparation, member support, and prayer. Visit this page for updates.

True wealth by living for Christ and others

As Jesus preached, people should not be preoccupied with collecting treasures on earth. Wealth and material things, while necessary in the right amounts, are ultimately temporary; putting it simply, people can’t take it with them when they go to meet their Maker.

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Moreover, given that people truly do not know how long they have left to live, the single-minded pursuit of material wealth and recognition may ultimately be futile distractions to what matters in life, which can be short or drawn out.

When people put themselves and their material things above God, they end up living empty, meaningless lives, ironically making them paupers amid plenty. And this doesn’t just go to the wasteful rich man of the Lord’s parable who dies after planning his warehouse’s expansion.

A person can live an abundant, long life, and still have it rendered hollow by materialism and sin. Individuals who are preoccupied with material things (and be willing to disregard others to get them) would live a life without satisfaction, as the pleasures of this world are fleeting.

Likewise, a person may not have much in their lives. In some cases, they may not have the things that many other people take for granted every day, but because they lived lives dedicated to God and others, they are fondly remembered and honored upon their passing. Moreover, by living in service to God and others, they may find that what they truly want was with them all along, and be content with their share.

Heavenly treasure, as Christ taught, never rusts, can never be stolen, and is there forever. All it takes to accumulate it, and the happiness and contentment it brings, is to live a life centered on a living faith in Christ and service toward others.

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Westside Family Church believes in promoting a living faith in Christ that requires not only worship but also service to the people of the community. Visit this website for more on the church and its community initiatives.

Westside Family Church: Reaching Out “One Life” At a Time

Countless children are exposed to the harsh realities of life.

Each year, the world sees more than 11 million impoverished children die of starvation. Those who avoid death, on the other hand, suffer from cognitive deficits because of malnutrition.

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Homelessness is also a significant issue as over 200 million kids have no choice but to live on the streets. They need to work and survive cruel conditions. Some one million of them are even exploited, being trafficked into child sex trade or forced into hard labor.

Even HIV and AIDS have affected at least 15 million children as they were made orphans by the lethal disease. They are left to fend for themselves, with some of them having to raise their younger siblings on their own.

Understanding that helping these needy children requires massive action, the Lenexa, KS-based Westlife Family Church established the “One Life” ministry that employs child sponsorship programs geared towards providing care for orphans and the most vulnerable children in the global community.

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For more than a decade, One Life has invested in the improvement of the lives of many children in South Africa, Thailand, and India by providing them food, shelter, and spiritual guidance. From a life with a dire outlook, the children the ministry takes care of are given hope and a future.

Believing that Jesus Christ is the embodiment of love, Westside Family Church does its best to spread love to everyone – those inside the four walls of the church and outside. Learn more about the church by visiting this website.