Day 38: February 7, 2023

Jesus Had an Impactful Leadership Style

Key Verse to Read and Treasure

He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.—John 13:4-5 (ESV)

For Insight

During the three years Jesus taught his twelve disciples he set numerous examples of leadership. One of the most powerful examples of leadership occurred on the night he was betrayed, as he and the disciples ate their last meal together. After the supper Jesus put on an apron, took a basin, and towel and began washing the disciples’ feet. What an awkward moment for the disciples. Why would Jesus do this? Washing feet was not for leaders, teachers, healers; certainly not for someone of their Master’s caliper.

Peter was so taken aback, even offended, he refused to let Jesus wash his feet at first but told Jesus he would be more comfortable washing his feet instead. Peter didn’t fully understand the strong message Jesus was sending him about what serving him, and others was going to look like in the future. It was important for Peter and the rest to see how a strong leader also knows how to serve others humbly. A strong leader does not ask his students or followers to do what he or she is not willing to do first or with them.

In a day when we witness many leadership styles in the world and in the Church also, we can be thankful for the example and standard of leadership Jesus showed in the Gospels that we can strive to emulate. Jesus proved a strong leader doesn’t have to be pushy, obstinate nor offensive. Strong leaders can have confidence but don’t need to be mean-spirited. We never saw Jesus take a poll or stumble around apologetically. He never waited for others to say what was next but got out in front and led. He was a strong leader that showed us how we can lead and still be a servant.  Leadership Traits,

Leaders of the world may do and act one way but for those who ascribe to the teachings of Christ their example of leadership is not one of being catered to, they are not those who expect royalty treatment, not those who sit on thrones drinking from golden goblets while their followers drink from paper cups and get their feet and hands dirty. They are those who come alongside put ego, pride, and selfishness away.

Whether we have a position of leadership in the church, in politics, in business, or in our home, we can strive to be the kind of leader that would make Jesus proud.

Jesus what a powerful example of leadership you set for us may we always strive to be the kind of leader you were and continue to be. Amen


Whom are you leading? On a scale of 1-10 how does your leadership style match that of Christ?      

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