Multi-ethnic pile of handsMuch has been said about servant leadership; and much has been written. I would like to offer a deeper perspective. It begins with a familiar verse:

For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Luke 14:11

Most of us would admit that our success has more to do with others than with our own efforts – particularly those of us that understand the power of God in our lives. We know what it means to be proud (to exalt ourselves); and most of us agree that it is not a good thing. We know that “pride comes before a fall”; and so, we try to avoid becoming prideful. This is a good thing.

But, what about being humble? Does avoiding pridefulness automatically result in humility? Is being humble a passive activity? I suggest to you that it is not.

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35

It is noteworthy that wanting to be first is not a bad thing. The way we get there is the issue. Those who exalt themselves will be humbled. Those who will be last, and the servant of all, will be exalted by God. This is His promise, and the promise of His Son.

The way this happens, and what it looks like, is a mystery; and it is likely different for every Workplace Leader. However, each one of us can be confident in this important leadership principle. If you will be a humble servant of all, you will know His pleasure and support.

Workplace Ministry Tip: Assuming you have dealt with the pride in your life, look for the areas where you can humbly serve those you are leading. It is the path to exaltation in the workplace.

Let me know how I can help you in this regard; and let me know what you are hearing from the LORD. You can reach me at

Humbly yours and forever His,