What better place can we begin this subject than the perfect example of Jesus. After James and John (sons of Zebedee) sought a special place beside Jesus “in [His] glory”, Jesus points to His own attitude in coming to earth. “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
Jesus raises the importance of this attitude again with the disciples in John 13 after washing their feet. He says, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example that you also should do just as I have done to you.” (John 13:14–15). If the Creator and Upholder of the universe can stoop to serve those He created, it should be a small thing for us to humbly serve others.
What kind of leadership model are you following? If it does not reflect the attitude of Jesus, it is not worth following (see 1 Corinthians 11:1). He was equal with God yet “emptied Himself by taking the form of a servant” (Philippians 2:6-8). This was an intentional action on the part of Jesus that was motivated by humility and obedience. No leader will be effective for the glory of God unless this attitude becomes the controlling motive for all he or she does.
God is looking for such persons to be an example in the church and in the world. If you are willing to hear His call, carefully consider the words of John the Baptist; “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).
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