“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. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”
John 13:14-17 ESV
Jesus came as one who served and He calls us to do the same. He has not only done a great service to us but given Himself completely to us. His service was out of love and He is calling us to demonstrate our love for Him in and through our service to others.
Spiritual leadership is not about being superior to another but about lowering oneself to lift others up. The greatest act of our service may never be known by another. We advance the gospel by pushing others ahead and loving them into the Kingdom of God.
Christ has called us to serve out of our love for Him. If we serve based on our love for others it will be sporadic and short-lived as we are often fickle people. Our love for Him should be greater than our disdain for any other. When we serve others out of love for Christ, our only desire is to please Him. There is no need for recognition or applause when there is real, selfless love.
What is your motivation for service?
How are you doing serving others you don’t like very well?
How do you view your spiritual leadership compared to your service?
Does your love for Jesus outweigh every other love?