Shift to Serve

In a world driven by individual success and recognition, the call to prioritize others is revolutionary. Jesus challenges you to view leadership through a lens that puts the needs of others above your own desires for power and recognition.

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

– Philippians 2:3 ESV

In John 13:4-5, Jesus, fully aware of His God-given authority, takes on the role of a servant. “He rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him” (ESV).

This humble act by Jesus is an example of servant leadership, a concept often discussed but rarely embodied to this extent. The disciples, accustomed to societal norms where washing feet was the work of the lowest servants, were taken aback. Yet, Jesus used this moment to convey a deep message about leadership – one that extends far beyond the ancient practice of foot washing.

Servant leadership is revolutionary.

Practically implementing this servant leadership model involves a shift in mindset. Instead of seeking to be served, actively look for opportunities to serve others. In your family, find ways to serve your family members, even if it’s a little thing, like doing a chore usually done by someone else.

In team settings, listen intently to the ideas and concerns of your colleagues, valuing their contributions as equal to your own.

When Christ washed His disciples’ feet, it provided us a picture of servant leadership. By embracing humility and prioritizing the well-being of others, you can inspire godly change and create a more compassionate environment in your spheres of influence.

Today’s One Thing

Tell someone how much you appreciate them and ask how you can support them and help make their load lighter today.

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