What Jesus teaches about Leadership


Leadership is a topic that resonates deeply within our communities, workplaces, and families. We all have moments in life when we are called to lead, whether it’s guiding a team at work, directing our children, or simply leading by example in our spiritual walk. Jesus provides a powerful model of leadership that stands in stark contrast to what the world often values. His teachings on leadership are timeless and have the potential to transform how we influence others.

In today’s devotional, we’ll dive into what Jesus teaches us about leadership. Whether you consider yourself a natural leader or someone who tends to shy away from the spotlight, there is something here for you. Let’s explore how Jesus’ example can inspire us to lead with grace, humility, and love.

Bible Verse

Matthew 20:26-28 (NIV): "Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."


In this passage, Jesus flips the conventional understanding of leadership on its head. He teaches that true greatness comes from a heart of service, not from a desire to be acknowledged or revered. Jesus leads by example, showing us that humility and service should be the hallmarks of anyone who desires to lead.

The concept of servant leadership is profound in its simplicity. In a world where authority and power are often sought after, Jesus encourages us to seek opportunities to serve others. This approach not only elevates those we lead but also aligns our actions with God’s kingdom values.

Being a servant leader means prioritizing the well-being and growth of others. Jesus’ leadership was marked by empathy, compassion, and self-sacrifice. As followers of Christ, we are called to embody these values in our leadership roles, no matter how big or small.

Actions to Take

  1. Serve Actively: Find ways to serve those around you, whether at work, home, or in your community. Look for needs and fill them without seeking recognition.

  2. Listen Intently: Practice active listening. Understand the needs, concerns, and aspirations of those you lead.

  3. Empower Others: Encourage and equip those you lead to reach their full potential. Share knowledge and resources generously.

  4. Lead by Example: Model the behavior and values you wish to see in others. Integrity and consistency are critical.

  5. Pray for Guidance: Regularly seek God’s wisdom and guidance in your leadership journey.

Journal Prompts

  1. When have I experienced leadership that reflects Jesus’ values of humility and service?

  2. How can I incorporate servant leadership into my daily life?

  3. What are specific areas or relationships where I can serve more effectively?

  4. How does my current approach to leadership align with the teachings of Jesus?

  5. What changes can I make to better emulate Jesus’ example of leadership?


Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the example of Jesus and His teachings on servant leadership. Help me to lead with a heart of humility and a spirit of service. Grant me the wisdom to see and meet the needs of those around me. May my actions and decisions reflect Your love and grace. Guide me to be a leader who builds up others and glorifies Your name. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Social Posts

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  2. "In a world of power-seekers, choose to lead with humility and service. #LeadLikeJesus #FaithInAction"

  3. "Want to be great? Start by serving others. Jesus showed us the way. #KingdomValues #Matthew2026"

  4. "Jesus flipped the script on leadership: it’s not about being first; it’s about serving others. #ServantHeart #ChristianLiving"

  5. "May our leadership reflect Jesus’ love, humility, and service. #LeadershipGoals #FaithJourney"


Incorporating Jesus’ teachings on leadership into our lives can bring profound changes, not just to how we lead, but also to how we connect with and uplift those around us. By embracing a servant’s heart, we can foster environments where everyone thrives and God’s love is evident.

We hope this devotional has inspired you to reflect on your own leadership style and consider how you can incorporate Jesus’ example into your daily actions. If you’ve enjoyed today’s study, we invite you to continue this journey with us at BGodInspired.com, where we dive deep into the Word and draw closer to God together. Be blessed and keep leading with love!

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