Scripture: “So he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet.  John 13:4-5 (NIV)


Observation: This is a beautiful picture of servant leadership from our master Himself, Jesus Christ. I noticed a few things.


He took initiative to serve “he got up”. A leader needs to have confidence to take the initiative to get up and get going. A lot of times we expect people to come to the Church, when we the Church are suppose to go out to the people. We desperately need to take the Church to the world. We are the called out ones. In Greek the word Church is Ekklesia which literally means “the called out ones” 

He didn’t care so much about His material possessions “took off his outer clothing” How many off of would be afraid of getting wet or dirty by taking off our outer clothing for the sake of others” We see the how dirty Christ is here. Although perfect, spotless, pure, and clean on the inside Jesus was willing to get dirty on the outside to serve those in need.

He humbled himself “began to wash His disciples feet”

Do you have any idea how dirty the disciples feet must of been? They traveled of foot in sandles and probally had stuff growing in between their toes. For Christ to humble himself to wash their feet is remarkable. The king of kings and Lord of Lords in His humanity and divinity shows how to serve. He expects us to do the same.



Jesus got up from his meal to serve others. How many off us would do that? He left the dinner table to serve someone. Servant Leadership isn’t ego driven or on a myself agenda. It is imitating true humility just like our Shepherd. We might of heard this a thousand times but, how many times have we done it? How many times have we left our agenda to serve His? Do good to someone today and serve them. 

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death– even death on a cross! (Phillipians 2:8)

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