“The term leader is mentioned only six times in the King James Version of the Bible, while the term servant is mentioned more than nine hundred times.” -Lead Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard
A true leader is one that has learned how to serve others. Even Jesus came not to be served, but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). Jesus is the greatest leader of all times! As we serve Him, we will have the desire to serve others. It is Jesus that gives us our instructions, but like many servants this often includes helping our neighbor. One of the greatest examples Jesus gives us is when He “led with a towel” (John 13). Jesus was willing to lay aside his robe that night, wrap a towel around his waist, and kneel down to wash His disciples’ feet. Jesus saw a need and responded not out of obligation, but out of love for His disciples.
Here are 3 lessons I learned from Jesus washing the disciples’ feet:
I encourage you join us, as we focus on “Inspiring leaders to serve”. We do this by example, as Jesus did, and through teaching the biblical principles of “Serving Forward.”
For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
If you learn to serve others, God’s blessings will always come your way. John Maxwell refers to this as “residual income”. Not because we serve to get, but because we serve to give. It is more blessed to give then to receive!
Let’s serve forward in 2017!
Bishop Tim Lamb combines over 34 years of pastoral and church planting experience to lead LifePoint Ministries. Bishop Tim's unique prophetic insight, forward-thinking leadership, and compassion for people combine to make him an effective leader for our pastors and churches.