Imagine being Peter and watching Jesus wash the others’ feet, all the while moving closer to you. Seeing his Master behave like a slave must have confused Peter. He still did not understand Jesus’ teaching that to be a leader, a person must be a servant.
This is not a comfortable passage for leaders who find it difficult to serve those beneath them. The world’s system of leadership is very different from leadership in God’s Kingdom. Worldly leaders are often selfish and arrogant as they claw their way to the top. (Some kings in the ancient world gave themselves the title “Benefactor.”)
But among Christians, the leader is to be the one who serves best.
There are different styles of leadership—some lead through public speaking, some through administering, some through relationships—but every Christian leader needs a servant’s heart. How do you treat those who work under you (whether children, employees, or volunteers)? Ask the people you lead how you can serve them better.
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