“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one
who sent him.” - John 13:13-16
To be a genuinely great leader you first must learn to be a great follower, and the greatest example we have to follow is our own Lord and Master, Jesus Christ. With everything He did, as He lived His life on earth, He did as an example for us to follow. And as we see Him model leadership we see that the very nature of His life and leadership was servanthood. Most people associate leadership with anything but doing the dirty work.
Yet the one time Jesus set out to give a very clear demonstration of what it means to lead in His kingdom, He did one of the dirtiest jobs we could think of; especially in a day and age where everyone wore sandals... more than likely walking through dirt, mud and animal droppings for most of the day!
The very clear point of this passage is that if this is what our leader did, in regards to serving others, then we should expect that He is looking for to us do the same if we want to lead in His kingdom. Obviously, this may not mean the exact same actions Jesus did in His day, as we now have covered shoes (Praise the Lord!). The same act today is not really an act of service in the same way it was in Jesus’ day. But each of us
as followers of Jesus can expect, that to follow Jesus into the places of darkness He is leading us into, is going to involve the same willingness our Lord had to doing the dirty work, that others may not be willing to do.
Lord, I pray you give me the humility of heaven today to embrace an attitude of servanthood. Prepare me to be the light in the darkness and empower me with courage to do whatever you are asking me to do for others, at any given time. Amen.
Look for opportunities today to lower yourself in the sight of others, by doing jobs no one else really wants to do.