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Not to Be Served, But to Serve

No need to be humble when things are so great. Life is good. Doing everything right with church, family and work. All very neat and clean. But there is something missing. Is this all there is? We’ve heard it before and continue to search for answers. It is important to start with our relationship with God. Have I fully given my life to following Christ and, how can I know what this looks like? Am I truly serving or just checking things off my list? From the writings of Dr. Adrian Rogers (1931-2005) comes the definitive example of servant leadership from God’s Word.

Jesus is the head of the Church, and yet we find in John 13 that Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. And He said in John 13:3, “You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.” Jesus never said He was not Master; Jesus never said He was not Lord but listen to what He said next: “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” Husband, I want to suggest that you find ways to wash your wife’s feet. That’s the way you show your headship in the home. It is servant leadership. Jesus said, “I am the Lord and Master, but a husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the Church.” A leader serves. Your wife is not there to serve you; you’re there to serve her.


What are some other ways Jesus served the Church?

How can we better serve like Jesus in all areas of our lives?

How does this model challenge the world’s view of leadership?


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