Jesus is the humblest man we will ever know, and it is through His humility that we can learn from Him and find rest for our souls. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29, NKJV)
Jesus came to serve. “For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves” (Luke 22:27, NKJV). The One who serves. But Jesus did not operate from inferiority, but completeness. He knew that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rising from the supper to lay aside His importance and gird himself with a towel to wash His disciple’s feet. (John 13:1-17)
“If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” (John 13:17, NKJV)
Leaders pour out their lives from the abundance of the life of Christ. The apostle Paul understood that laying down his life as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of the Philippians’ faith was a source of gladness and joy. He wanted the Philippians to see it that way too, although at that moment he only had one son who was as like-minded as he, Timothy. (Philippians 2:17-23)
Leadership in the kingdom is maturity in Jesus Christ. It’s taking a lower place, that others cannot yet bear. It’s giving away what others do not possess. Leadership is Jesus; living in Him, being loved by Him, and doing all for Him.