The Model Servant

The Model Servant

I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.

John 13:15

Many men charge through life with aspirations of recognition, bonuses, and promotions. Perhaps our motivation is to provide for our family or maybe, for some, it’s to prove to someone in our past that we are worthy of their respect. Whatever the reason, we push hard to get to the top.

Jesus’ disciples were no strangers to this same mentality. Even during their final meal with Jesus, they argued amongst themselves about who had the most prestige (Luke 22:24). It’s in this moment that Jesus taught them—as He reminds us today—that this energy must be channeled to serve others, not claw our way up the ladder of success.

In Luke 22:26, Jesus says to his disciples, “But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.

That’s the model by which we should strive to live our life. If you want to lead, live like Christ. Some of us may excel in speaking, some in operations, and some in relating to others, but every Christian should lead with a servant’s heart.

We’re all in a position of authority, whether it’s at home or work. Today, ask the people you lead how you can serve them better.


Today’s author is Mark Henderson. He is the founder and host of The Inspired Legacy Podcast.