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The Best Leaders Serve

Let’s face the facts. Our sore and abused feet are often dirty, stinky and gnarly. So we soak them and massage them. We buy special shoes with inserts for comfort. We treat them with powders, creams and antifungals. Ladies even dress them up with painted toenails.

Jesus and his disciples traveled everywhere on foot, in sandals, in the desert. Their feet must have been especially tired and dirty, even nasty, at the end of a long journey. In wealthy households, a slave would perform the lowly service of washing guests’ feet.

Jesus was the Son of God, a King. Yet in the last meal before His death, Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. Jesus had told the disciples several times that leaders had to serve. But in this one act, Jesus showed them what he meant. Jesus would go on to commit the ultimate act of service by giving His life as a ransom for all those He loves.

While our culture encourages self-promotion and self-gratification, followers of Jesus are to consider others before ourselves (Philippians 2:3). Jesus set the bar for what every leader in the church should strive for — humility, selflessness and a willingness to do whatever it takes.  


  • What are some areas of life where you’re in a leadership position? Maybe you’re a leader at school, in your family, on your job. What motivates the way you lead each area you listed?
  • How can you show humility and serve those you lead?

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