Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave, just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many’” (Matthew 20:25–28 NKJV).
Jonathan Sandys, while writing a book about his great grandfather, Winston Churchill, penned these heart-searching words: “Authority shows itself in constructive power, whereas raw power is inevitably destructive. Authority is granted from the higher to the lower, but power is seized. Authority is given to the humble, those under authority; power is snatched by the proud, who acknowledge no authority over themselves. Authority is sustained through relationship, which is why Churchill devoted so much time to communicating and to being among the people. Raw power, on the other hand, is sustained through four control mechanisms: manipulation, condemnation, intimidation, and domination…”
From the beginning of the life of Jesus Christ in a manger at Bethlehem to the inauguration of His ministry in a synagogue at Nazareth, humility and authority are borne with equal balance and grace. This was an authority of true leadership that was unmixed with the nature of raw power. Many in our world, even in ecclesiastical settings, possess a willful disregard for the danger of power over legitimately privileged aut