A Good Leader

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Contributed by John Hellmund, Elder Overseer of Finance at Image Church

At the elders meeting a couple of months ago, we were going around praying popcorn prayers.  Popcorn prayers are short to-the-point prayers.  This prayer came to mind and has stuck with me ever since.  “Lord make me a good leader, by becoming a great servant.”  Jesus was the perfect example of a person who was a great leader and servant.  The Bible describes Jesus as a servant on many occasions.  Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many,” and Philippians 2: 7-8, “He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave.  He humbled Himself by being obedient, even to death.” 

The Old Testament points to Christ and how He was going to be a servant.   Isaiah 52:13, “Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted and extrolled and be very high.”  Isaiah 53: 3-6 predicts what will happen to Christ when He becomes the great servant to benefit His people.  “He is despised and rejected by men…  He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows… He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”  All this Jesus went through as a servant to bring His father glory. 

The New Testament continues to prove that Jesus came to serve those that are lost.  After three years of ministry here on earth, Jesus knew that the time was near for Him to suffer on the cross and to pay the penalty for our sins.  Even with this knowledge bearing down on him, He continued to teach His disciples.  John 13:3-5, “Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.  After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.”  In their culture, only the lowliest of servants washed the guests’ feet.  It was unheard of for the master or teacher to do this.  Peter, knowing this, argued with Jesus stating, “You shall never wash my feet!”  He failed to see at the time that it symbolized a spiritual cleansing and that this was an example of being a good leader.  You have to be willing to do the lowest jobs.   John 13:12-17, “So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.  If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.  Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is who is sent greater that he who sent him.  If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” 

We all need to follow Jesus’ example and be great servants.  Serving God should be seen as an honor and that it follows the very character of God.

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