KEY SCRIPTURE: JOHN 13:4. he riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
The Lord Jesus knew who He was. He had every authority in His hands. Every power was under His control. In the light of such power and authority, He put down His clothes, took a towel, and got water to wash the disciples’ feet. This was the act and duty of slaves.
During the days of Jesus, roads were very dusty, and so there were servants who washed the feet of all those who came into the house.
Jesus acted in meekness. To be meek is to have strength under control. It comes with an attitude to humble yourself. Humility is a decision to accept what God says about you. True humility is first our attitude towards God and His word. It is then reflected in our relationship to men. It is out of our submission to God that enables us to relate rightly towards men. There is no humble man who does not honour God sincerely in his heart, but claims to be humble is a big liar. Most politicians have no regard for God, yet they portray themselves as humble men. These are acts to deceive the uninformed.
Our Lord Jesus showed throughout His life of ministry days that God honour and accepts the humble. He showed that unless one becomes humble as a little child, he has no place before the father. He said the leader must be the servant of the people. This was the very example He tried to show His disciples.
Leadership is not about dominating. Leadership is about bringing people into their destiny. It is about showing people the way to greatness. True leaders produce people after their kind. It takes humility to do this. It is the humble that will make themselves examples or escape goats for the rest. Leadership is not about enjoying privileges and having fun. Leaders show the way. They literally carry the people on their backs to bring them to the heights, the place that the people must be. The word is leader, that is one carrying or leading the followers to a particular destination. It is His humble attitude that makes him take steps and actions that become lessons for the rest to follow. Any leader who lives fat on the people and takes advantage of them is a disappointment. He is a failure. Leadership is sacrifice, and that is what humility demonstrates.
Lord grant all those who aspire to leadership to understand the call to humility.
Matthew 18:3-4. and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.