The Better Way

“For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you” (John 13:15).

Jesus never wasted any time with His disciples. He was constantly teaching them spiritual principles, and how to conduct themselves after He leaves this earth. He took every opportunity to apply a spiritual principle to something they observed or encountered in life. Here Jesus provides them an example He never wants them to forget.

Christ’s followers need to serve one another. As God fills us with His love, He also leads us to bless others with humble service. Of course, it is Christ we serve, though others benefit from our service (Colossians 3:24). We do not run over one another to get ahead. Instead we make sure we serve others and take care of whatever needs we can.

Jesus’ brand of leadership would differ markedly from the world:

“It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant” (Matthew 20:46).

These words seemed bizarre, even weird. Roman leadership always tried to project a “manly” take no prisoners approach to leadership. But Jesus introduced a new standard of leadership, one that emphasized a humble approach. Jesus set this marvelous example for us to follow. He washed the disciples’ feet, and we ought to serve one another with whatever gifts and opportunities God has given us (1 Peter 4:10).

Application

1. Read portions from the gospels to learn more about the life of Christ.
He set a remarkable example of availability, kindness, and helpfulness. No one who requested healing was turned away. As mentioned above, He took every opportunity to teach His disciples vital principles of kingdom living. The way to reach people’s hearts is by touching their needs.

2. Ask God to fill you with His love for others.
The Bible teaches that love comes from God (1 John 4:4-8). We cannot properly love others on our own. We need God’s grace to love others as God would have us to. Ask Him to give you a heart of compassion (Colossians 3:12) and to demonstrate mercy towards others (Matthew 5:7).

3. Rethink worldly concepts of leadership.
Jesus commands His followers to walk as He walked (Colossians 2:6; 1 John 2:6). Too often we let earthly leaders set the example, but we will not find a better example than Christ. He led His flock differently than other so-called leaders. We need to follow His perfect lead as we seek to be a blessing to others.

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