“The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!
- Matthew 10:24-25
“A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”
- C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
I once heard someone say that they were a born leader. They claimed that everyone looked up to them, but that was just their perception. When you look down on everyone around you, it is only natural to think that everyone else is looking up. They are not, but it is natural in some kind of arrogant fog to think so.
When people truly look up to someone, the one that they look up to may not even notice that they have been put on a pedestal. They are too busy serving others to notice.
Now in the business world, the bosses seem to be attracted to that person that naturally looks down on others, thinking that to be a leadership trait, but it is the leadership trait of Satan: arrogance, hubris, pride.
No, my old scoutmaster never demanded respect, he simply lived the life that all who knew him wanted to emulate. The head of the chemical engineering department at my university, who taught me engineering ethics, was the same way. Maybe God put the desire into me of living honorably and maybe my parents helped. Thus, I was attracted, like a moth to a porch light, to the message that these two great leaders in my life were teaching.
If you follow the teachings of this world and puff out your chest and look down on everyone else, you will only think people are looking up to you. That is what the prince of this world wants you to think. It is only when you serve others to the point of not caring what direction others are looking that people truly look up to you.
I guess the true test of Godly service, and Godly leadership, is to ask: Who is being glorified, you or God?
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.