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Understanding the Selflessness of Leading

by | Feb 26, 2020 | Leadership | 0 comments

Read: John 13: 16-17

Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.


Do I really understand the concept of serving?

After Jesus washed the feet of His disciples He asked them, “Do you understand what I have done to you?” (John 13: 12)

At first glance, it is all too easy to focus on the physical act of washing the disciple’s feet. I’ve heard plenty of sermons of dusty roads and sandals and I’ve attended at least one service where feet were symbolically washed, but I believe Jesus is talking about much more.

Serving is more than an external act like volunteering as an usher or helping out in the nursery or teaching a class in the local church. Those are important, but there is a deeper aspect of selflessness in serving.

Jesus didn’t wash feet to show how humble He was. His humility was already on display. Paul wrote that Jesus “made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:7,8)


Jesus led by serving. Jesus led by demonstrating true humility. How will you serve today? Who will you serve?


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