“He riseth up from supper, and laid aside his garments and took a towel, and girded Himself. After He poured the water into a basin, He began to wash the disciples feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith He was girded.” (John 13: 4&5).
I think we have a common knowledge and agreement that as a Christian, the perfect example of a servant-leader is Christ. I mean, have you heard of any employer saying he wants to wash his employees’ feet. Come on, he is the boss here, and if anyone’s feet has to be washed, it’s his feet, right? Once there is a master/servant relationship, the general thing that comes to the mind of the average man is that the servant is there to serve and the master is to be served.
Don’t you think the principle of Christ on the master being the one to serve his servant a paradox? Isn’t it contradictory?
Well, it is not. It is simply the concept of servant-leadership. A state of affairs where a leader in all humility puts aside his position to see that his servants are well catered to. Before we delve more into this post, the main target of this post is the men. Are you a woman reading this? Don’t turn away just yet. Read to the end and it might just be of help to the man in your life or the man that is to come.
Hey, husband (to be), Christ washing the feet of His disciples is a symbol of service. It is not that you should literally wash your wife’s feet (you can if you wish to. Err… you should actually 😉). It simply points to the fact that you are to serve your wife the way Christ served His disciples. Don’t say you are not Christ. Yes, you are not, but you are to love your wife like Christ loved the church. Your responsibility of love and service is compared to that of Christ. What a high calling.
As the leader of your home, you are not placed there to be a bossy tyrant who backs out command while standing at the sidelines. You’ve been placed there to be a leader who leads from a place of serving in love, humility of heart and sacrifice. A husband who takes up his responsibility from this angle of leadership is one who has won the heart of his family to himself, and ultimately, he leads them to Christ.The husband is a servant-leader, not a tyrant-leader. He leads in service. He leads in love. He leads in humility. He leads with the understanding that he is answerable to God, and that he is not the alpha and omega of the home. Click To Tweet
The husband is a servant-leader, not a tyrant-leader. He leads in service. He leads in love. He leads in humility. He leads with the understanding that he is answerable to God, and that he is not the alpha and omega of the home. Above all, he leads like CHRIST. This is the best form of leadership God expects in the home.
Dear men, if your wife wants to be a Peter, please direct her to John 13: 6 – 9. You don’t have to talk much. Christ has done the the talking on your behalf.
I hope this has helped.
I’ll love to hear from you.