Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Serve Well to Lead Well

Contrary to popular belief the way up is not up.  The way up is down! Jesus got down! So, take out your towels, and prepare to get down, and wash a few feet! In John 13, Jesus washes his disciples’ feet. He does this just before the Passover Celebration. It was the very night that Jesus instituted the ordinance of the Lord's Supper at the Passover Meal. There, He gave an object-lesson on servant-leadership and humility. Scripture says he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and pour water in a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples' feet and wipe them with his towel (vs. 4-5). In verses 14-17 He says, “And since I, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. How true it is that a servant is not greater than the master. Nor or messengers more important than the one who sends them. You know these things-now do them! That is the path to blessing” (NLT). 

Today we have a lot of chiefs and very few Indians.  Everyone wants to be like Jesus but very few want to sacrifice and put in the work.  Truth be told, the disciples did not always serve Jesus well before his death. If we are going to lead like Jesus, preach like Jesus, teach like Jesus, and love like Jesus, we must begin by serving like Jesus.  So, get your towels out, sisters and brothers! Get your towels out because we must serve well to lead well! Elisha served Elijah well and received a double portion of Elijah's anointing.  Joshua served Moses well, and was God's choice to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. Timothy and Titus served the Apostle Paul well.  You must serve well to lead well because Jesus was the perfect servant-leader! Jesus said what the Father said, and Jesus did what the Father sent him to do, to save us from our sins (John 3:16).  Jesus was obedient even until his death on the Cross (Romans 5:8).  And the Father raised Him from the dead. Now, Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us (Hebrews 1:3; 12:2).  And his Holy  Spirit indwells the believer.   But after Jesus' resurrection and ascension, the apostles were fully committed to the cause of Christ.  Remember his instruction to the disciples at the Last Supper. Servant-leadership takes obedience, hard work, compassion, and commitment, and humility.  Serve well to lead well.  Jesus saves!

Here is what God does for the humble:
  1. God give joy to the humble.  "The humble will see their God at work and be glad.  Let all who seek God's help live in joy. Psalm 69:32.
  2. God rescues the humble.  "You rescue those who are humble."  Psalm 18:27
  3. God takes care of the humble.  "Though the Lord is great, he cares for the humble, but he keeps his distance from the proud."  Palm 138:6.
  4. God supports the humble.  "The Lord supports the humble, but he brings the wicked down into the dust."  Psalm 147:6.
  5. God fills the humble with fresh joy.  "The humble will be filled wsith fresh joy from the Lord.  Those who are poor will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel."  Isaiah 29:29.
Here is a promise from God:
"Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."  Matthew 23:12

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