Serve and Love, Love and serve

But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.  For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.  – Mark 10:43-45

Jesus Christ is perfect.  In every way imaginable, perfection is found.  He is the very embodiment of example.  The scriptures are rich with examples of perfection on the part of the Savior.  This week, though, I’m finding it prudent to mention Christ as a leader.  Not only as a leader and author of our salvation, but Him as a leader of His church.

Mark 10:43-45 teaches us about Christ as a leader.  Christ served because of loved; and loved because he served.  Is there a connection there?  I think there is.  Loving those whom we serve, will help us serve those better.  The cycle perpetuates itself.  The statement “whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all” should be a lesson for all of us; especially those in leadership positions.  It reminds me of Elder Ucthdorf’s talks Lift Where You Stand (worth reading if you’ve never studied it).  We need, no, we must serve and love simultaneously.

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