I wrote the following in my latest book, The Spiritual Ironman: 40 Day Training Manual:
“Today when we hear the word servant, we think about someone who is hired to perform regular household or other duties for compensation. We also think of people who serve others by providing them with help in some manner. The Bible teaches that, as believers, we are called to be servants.
During the Last Supper, Jesus took on the role of a humble servant and washed the disciples’ feet. After washing their feet, he said the following:
“You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him.” John 13:13-16 (NASB)
Clearly Jesus commands us to serve one another. People who want to lead, but have never served anyone perplex me. They are eager to pick up the mantle of leadership, but have never picked up the towel. All good leaders were once servants to another leader. If you have never served a leader, you’re lacking a key component that will lead you in becoming a good leader.
After the death of Moses, Joshua became the leader of Israel. While Moses was the leader, Joshua’s only title was the “servant of Moses.” He was not called deacon, minister or elder just the “servant of Moses.” “Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.” Exodus 33:11 (NASB)
Joshua served Moses 24/7. Anywhere Moses went Joshua was with him, when he could not go with Moses he waited somewhere close for Moses to return. Don’t get it twisted; I am not saying that you should serve 24/7. We live in a different time and a different society, and we all have our lives and families to take care of. However, a true servant is available, and a good leader will not abuse that availability. Because of Joshua’s faithful service to Moses, God approved and transferred the leadership of the nation over to Joshua, and when he became the leader this is what was said about him:
“So the LORD was with Joshua, and his reputation spread throughout the land.” Joshua 6:27 (NLT)
Did you notice what the text said about Joshua? “His reputation spread throughout the land.” If you are currently serving a leader, I write this with you in mind. Continue to serve your leader. God will cause your reputation to spread. One final word – leaders are also servants. Who are you serving?
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