ACTS-Inspirations # 913
Leading, Yet Serving!
By Susan G. McIntosh / August 20017
“Ye call Me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one-another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you” (John 13:13-15).
Foot washing is not meant to be a ritual. In today's culture it depicts the attitude of a serving heart. Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords, washed His disciples' feet. He wants us to have a serving-one-another heart. The disciples were no doubt a bit baffled that He stooped and washed their road-filthy feet, but Jesus wanted them to see His heart of love for them. He said...“Verily, verily, I say unto you, the servant is not greater than his lord: neither is he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them” (John 13:16-17).
There are pastors and Christian leaders who preach and teach well, but might find it difficult to hold their title while helping push a faithful member's wheelchair out to the church lobby. Jesus didn't stay on the floor all the time, kneeling down and washing feet, but, He certainly was humble in heart and would minister help to others without hesitation.
I saw a brief news clip recently of President Trump walking towards Air Force One. An Air Force member waiting to assist the President, suddenly had his white dress uniform hat blown off his head by a gust of wind. Kindhearted President Trump, chased down the hat and put it back on the airman's head. I thought, “Wow, that shows our President's serving heart.”
Parents, who are set in place by God as family leaders, absolutely deserve respect, yet, a good parent also serve their family when needed. Parents and all in leadership roles must lead by example. If orders are barked and kindness is not shown, it is difficult to honor those in authority. A balance in leading and serving shows a greatness in character. Jesus described greatness well. His idea of greatness is service; sometimes ours is based on notoriety. The Lord promotes those He can send anywhere knowing they won't embarrass His Kingdom. He promotes those who can take on more responsibility without lording their position over others. The world says, “Demand respect or you won't get it.” Jesus teaches us that those with servant hearts are great in His Kingdom. Royal authority is our anointing. It is Christ on the throne of our hearts that enables us to live out His Servant/King character. Amen!
You may be wondering, “So, when do I totally focus on my administrative, teacher/preacher role and let those under my leadership do the serving and when do I go to lunch with a Zachius and take time to minister one-to-one?” My answer, “Be led by the Holy Spirit.” A pilot can have hours of experience, but must always be reliant on the instrument panel in the cockpit in order to remain on course. Even when our senses and emotions are telling us something, we need to be led of the Holy Spirit. He is our spiritual instrument panel. A great Christian leader, reliant on the Spirit, will know when to reach out and become involved by “lending a hand,” and when to assign an assistant and head for the platform.
As Believers, the Word says we are joined with Christ in ministry as “prophets, priests and kings.” (1 Peter 2:9, Col 3:16, Rev. 1:6, Joel 2:28,29 ) A prophet speaks for God. A priest is a mediator, a bridge to connect people with the heart of God when needed to do so. A king has Kingdom authority to speak and make things happen. We, as the Church, wear each of these hats when led of the Spirit. When compassion is in our heart, serving is in our attitude, and giving and blessing is the theme of our ministry. Through attentive-to-needs hearts, the Kingdom of God can move mightily in and around us and impact individuals, families, communities and nations. We don't have to worry about being respected for our God-given leadership when we ourselves serve the Lord with gladness, no matter what task He sets before us in our day. What a JOY to walk through life being instruments of His! What a blessing to be more than just a mouthpiece, but to also be His hands extended. Fire it up! SMc
“Foot Washing” has many forms...like praying for someone, sharing the word with Christian lobbyists ( in DC), painting a granddaughter's toenails (UK) , using a pet rabbit to talk on creation to a Sunday School class (Virginia), relaxing and sharing thoughts with a pastor ( Germany ), maintaining a home for Bible Students ( Florida ).
What kinds of foot washing do you do?
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