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Listen. A healthy and mature follower of Jesus looks like a tree. Last week we saw that our tree is rooted in our identity as sons and daughters of God. This week we learn that the trunk of the tree is the servant heart of Christ (John 13:1-17).
Jesus, on the night of his arrest, knowing that his Father had given him all power and authority, took on the role of a slave. He got up from the table, wrapped a towel around his waist and began to wash the feet of his disciples. Then Jesus looked at his disciples, and urged them to follow his example. “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”
Everything we do, especially exercising authority over someone else, is to done with a servant’s heart. This is the servant heart of Jesus. This is the trunk of the tree.
Reflection. Have you ever experienced a leader in your life that had the servant’s heart of Jesus? What did that feel like? What if leaders asked, “What does God want to accomplish through this person?” rather than, “How can this person help me accomplish my goals? How does this change things?
How would your life change, if you approached all your relationships and roles with a servant’s heart?
Set Goals. Be sure to make these goals personal and specific.
- What will I do this week to meditate, listening and responding to God’s teaching on a servant’s heart (See Scriptures on the back of this insert.)
- What will you do to approach your relationships and roles with a servant’s heart, especially if you have roles where you have authority over someone else?
- Who can I share this with?
Scriptures for the Servant’s Heart of Christ
1 John 4:7-8 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Matthew 23:11 The greatest among you will be your servant.
Philippians 2:14 Do everything without complaining or arguing.
Romans 12:3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance to the measure of grace God has given you