Often times, we tend to speak of a reward system for Christians in terms of eternality. But there is a reward system for servant leaders that precludes eternality. It is one that Jesus demonstrated in dealing with mankind and taught his disciples. It is a reward system of NOW.
In Luke 10:29-37, Jesus responded to the question, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus detailed the experience of a certain man who fell among thieves as the man traveled from Jerusalem to Jericho. The lot of this man could have been fatal had it not been for the kindness of a stranger. It is interesting how the religious one who was expected to show this injured man kindness passed him by. But the Samaritan, who according to culture, was not to have anything to do this man, showed him compassion. At the end of the story, Jesus compels us to, “Go, and do likewise.” This story of The Good Samaritan is an example of compassion to a stranger. To expect God to bless you without you showing compassion toward strangers, is not God’s way. Compassion that is based on only who we love, who shows us kindness, is that the type of compassion that Jesus’s teaches in this parable. Rather, Jesus’s teaching of compassion is toward those who are in need of your service.
Compassionate servant leaders are rewarded by:
(1) An intrinsic gratification that pleases not themselves but pleases God.
(2) Trust in the Word. If you love others as yourself, you will eat of the good fruit that only God can give.
(3) Grace. When you have mercy on others, God demonstrates undeserving favor toward you. You can reap rewards of Servant Leadership NOW!
In our 2020 Servant Leadership Summit, we were blessed by the servant leader of God, Pastor Butler. He encouraged us to continue to lead with God’s authority and purpose. We were reminded that compassionate leadership is intentional, directed, purposeful, loving, kind, coupled with our faith in the Almighty God. Everyday, we are given the blessing from the reward system established by the Great and Good Shepherd. Seek a reward system that allows you to be a blessing. The net will be a greater reward system from Him.