Day 1

Lead Through Service

“(Jesus) rose from supper, laid aside His outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around His waist. He then poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciple’s feet.” (John 13:4-5).

Jesus lived a life of contrasts. He was both God and man, powerful yet meek, the Lord of all but humble enough to wash the feet of those He came to save. The very feet He washed would also be the feet that would run from His presence in His greatest hour of need.

He washed their feet to show them what kind of leaders He wants His followers to be—servant leaders. Jesus, who deserved to be honored above all, lowered himself to the level of a common house servant to wash the dirt and dung from His friend’s feet.

Servanthood is the way to greatness in God’s eyes—“The last shall be first and the first shall be last.” Humility in leading requires a servant spirit. Often problems in any organization are not the absence of leaders, but the absence of servants.

This fact reminds me of a story that was lived out during the Civil War. It occurred when Confederate General Jubal Early brought his army to the city limits of Washington, D.C. in 1864. The presence of his army threw the whole city into a panic. No one knew who was in charge of the federal forces. No less than five Union generals rode around the city giving orders.

When a sixth general sent word that he was available to help, he received this reply, “We have all the generals we want and more; but we could use more privates.”

We all have a desire to be important and valued. We want our opinions to be heard and respected. But before we can truly grasp what leadership is, we must become a servant of others.

Application of God’s Truth

Identify one way you need to resist the need to be first and put others before you so they can see Jesus in you.