God's Word: Leadership

But Jesus called them to himself and said: “You know that the first ones among the Gentiles are their rulers, and that those who are greater exercise power among them. It shall not be this way among you. But whoever will want to be greater among you, let him be your minister. And whoever will want to be first among you, he shall be your servant, even as the Son of man has not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a redemption for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28)

But whoever has exalted himself, shall be humbled. And whoever has humbled himself, shall be exalted. (Matthew 23:12)

And so, after he washed their feet and received his vestments, when he had sat down at table again, he said to them: “Do you know what I have done for you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you speak well: for so I am. Therefore, if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash the feet of one another. For I have given you an example, so that just as I have done for you, so also should you do. (John 13:12-15)

And indeed, God has established a certain order in the Church: first Apostles, second Prophets, third Teachers, next miracle-workers, and then the grace of healing, of helping others, of governing, of different kinds of languages, and of the interpretation of words. (1 Corinthians 12:28)

Let nothing be done by contention, nor in vain glory. Instead, in humility, let each of you esteem others to be better than himself. Let each of you not consider anything to be your own, but rather to belong to others. (Philippians 2:3-4)

But, before all things, have a constant mutual charity among yourselves. For love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without complaining. Just as each of you has received grace, minister in the same way to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:8-10)

Listen closely, you who hold the attention of the crowds, and who please yourselves by disturbing the nations. For power has been given to you from the Lord and strength from the Most High, who will examine your works and scrutinize your thoughts. For, when you were ministers of his kingdom, you did not judge correctly, nor keep the law of justice, nor walk according to the will of God. Horribly and quickly he will appear to you, because he will make a severe judgment for those who are in charge. For, to the little, great mercy is granted, but the powerful will endure powerful torment. For the Lord will not exempt anyone’s character, nor will he stand in awe of anyone’s greatness, because he himself made the little and the great, and he is equally concerned for everyone. (Wisdom 6:3-8)


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