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By Braxton King
Jesus Christ, who in my estimation is the greatest to ever have lived, was also the greatest example of servant leadership the world has ever seen. He walked in tremendous power, and yet demonstrated the greatest humility ever known. Humility is authority under control. Jesus declared that He could do nothing by himself. He was so united to the father in the wheel and purpose, He was so surrendered to the plan of His father, that He could not step out of that. He said, for even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. Servant leadership is not void of power, but it’s the greatest example of true power. As one has said, if you want to test a person’s character, give them power. There was no greater power released on the Earth than through Jesus Christ. Yet He walked in complete humility before the father. He said, I am meek and lowly in heart. The Bible tells us to esteem other people’s needs greater than our own. This means, as a believer, we are to put the needs of other people’s lives ahead of our own needs. Someone who is walking in these principles is going to have confidence that God will take care of everyone of their needs.
In the gospel of John, we have the story of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples. Jesus, knowing who He was and that the father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God, rrose from supper and laid aside his garments. He took a towel and put it around his waist. Then He poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples. What an amazing example of servant leadership for all of us to see. The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords is on His knees washing the feet of His disciples. The disciples had been arguing about who was the greatest. Jesus, in one act of humility, dealt with that spirit, of whom was trying to be greater than others. One writer said this, if serving is beneath you, then leadership is beyond you. Jesus said, do you know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and they’re great ones exercise authority over them. Not so shall it be among you: but whosoever would become great among you, shall be your minister; and whoever wishes to be first among you, must become your servant.