Leadership is serving others like Jesus – Day 1

Opening Prayer:

Heavenly Father I pray that you will help me to love as you loved. To give of myself to others as you gave. Help me to be genuine in my love as you have genuinely loved me. Amen

Read: John 13:1 (NIV)

“It was just before the Passover feast.  Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father.  Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.”

 

Reflect:

We can't even begin to imagine how Jesus must have felt knowing this was to be his last night on earth. The last night with his friends and brothers.  I wonder if it might have been a bittersweet moment?  After all, he was God in the flesh so he would have been experiencing the same feelings of anxiety, sorrow, joy and all those emotions that we experience. And yet he never lost sight of his purpose. However, Jesus wanted to give the disciples one last visual object lesson that would teach them a lesson in humility and selfless service. Jesus shows great concern that the meaning of true servant-hood be well understood…that no one deem it beneath his dignity to perform the most menial of tasks for others. He knew that he would be betrayed by one of his disciples, denied by another, and abandoned by all for a time. Yet he never wavered but still loved them to the end.  What does that mean to us today?

 

Apply:

God knows us completely, just as Jesus knew, his disciples and what they would do in the next few hours (2:24, 25; 6:64).  He knows the sins we have committed and the ones we will yet commit.  Still he loves us.  How will you respond to that kind of love? 

Closing Prayer:

Heavenly Father, help me to have a servant's heart and to follow Christ's example of being a true servant. Help me to understand that ultimately servant-hood is a disposition of the heart and spirit which expresses itself in actions. Amen. 

Terry Schneider