Last week I was reading in John 13 about how Jesus washed his disciples’ feet before they sat down to celebrate Passover together the night before Jesus was crucified. Given, the disciples had no idea what was to unfold over the next 24 or even 72 hours. What they did know, however, was that the act of washing someone’s feet was the work of a servant, not a Savior. While all of Jesus’ disciples didn’t understand this, one of Jesus’ disciples (Peter) was the guy who said out loud what everyone else was thinking.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You do not realize what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet, but my hands and head as well!”
Gosh I just love Peter. From one extreme to the other in mere seconds.
Jesus is the ultimate example of servant leadership – leading by putting others first, looking for ways to serve those you lead and setting the tone of humility for the relationship.
Spend a minute thinking about those in your circle whom you lead. Maybe it’s coworkers, kids, friends, church members. Everyone has a sphere of influence, and opportunities that God gives to show how He served and how we should serve as well.
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