Do you know that part of being a servant and a leader is to take care of yourself? I think we get so wrapped up in the idea that service to others requires neglecting our personal care self. I am not referring to the selfish way of putting all our wants and needs ahead of others. That idea is very ungodly and is to blame for many of society’s short-comings. However, how can we be of service to anyone else if we don’t deal with our short-comings, our own spiritual well-being, and our physical well-being?
Jesus is the perfect example of servant leadership. When we speak of His service and leadership we always speak of His full sacrifice of self when He died on the cross for the sins of His children. We are not called to die on the cross for others, but we are called to be like Jesus in His servant leadership to others. So, I want o look at this from that perspective and use the bible to explain what it is that I am wanting to convey to you about taking care of yourself to better servant leader.
Hebrews 5:7 (KJV) says, “In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.” Jesus spoke to the Father even though He possessed the same knowledge and power as the Father. Jesus was human and still needed the comfort that only the Father can give. How much more do we need that same comfort? We should be in prayer continually to renew our strength and spirit. Because of Jesus we have the privilege to take our petitions to the Father to ask Him for ALL that we need and to guide us each day to do what He would have us do.
Jesus spent time alone.
Luke 5:16 (KJV) says, “But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.” This is just one verse that mentions him taking time alone to pray. As you look at the various scriptures that mentioning Him being alone it was often in times that He needed to renew His spiritual strength to carry out the work of the Father that He was on earth to do. In these moments, it is also confirming of His humanness that He shares with us. How often do we just neglect time alone to reflect and renew our minds and spirits? When we neglect this, it shows. We need to make it a point to do this often just as Jesus did.
Mark 4:35-41 (KJV) says, “And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Do you think that if it were wrong to rest when we needed it that Jesus would be asleep on that boat while in the midst of the stormy chaos? He rested because He needed it and He also knew that everything was going to be okay. Hence, the reason He asked the others about their faith! Most of us go non-stop until we finally crash, break, or snap! We get so caught up in the chaos going around us that we either chose not to rest like we should, or we allow the stress to keep us from resting like we should Oh ye of little faith!
Jesus’ life was full of suffering and sacrifice, but it did not include self-neglect. He saw to it that He was refreshed and refueled so that He could serve and lead the way God had commanded Him to do. It is important that we all look to Jesus as our example for taking care of ourselves while serving and leading others!