What Does It Mean to Lead?

So many people today have so many different ideas about what it means to be a leader. Some people say that to be a leader is to be successful. Others say that you simply need to be a man. Still others say that it means you can take charge. And someone else says it’s someone who has followers. Yet what does the Bible tell us about leaders?

If you look in your Bible at John 13 you’ll see the account of Jesus washing the Disciples feet. Just as a quick side note, I love Peter’s response to Jesus. First he tells Jesus there’s no way he’ll let him wash his feet, then when Jesus tells Peter he won’t have a share with him then Peter gets too excited and asks Jesus to give him a bath! I’d encourage you to read this whole passage, but where I’m going to focus is verses 14-17, “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 also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”

This flies right in the face of many of the world’s view of leadership today. Jesus said that to be a leader means to wash the feet of those who follow you. What does this look like on a practical level today? This means caring about the gross little details about every day life of those in your local church body. This means you’re continuing to rub shoulders and encourage your brothers and sisters who need encouragement (Hebrews 10). This might even mean that for a time you need to volunteer to clean the bathroom at the church. What are some ways that you can show true leadership at your church this week?

This came about from a blog on honorable leadership, specifically related to the Vice President debates in which Biden was incredibly rude to Paul Ryan. You can read that blog here.

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