Thursday, August 3rd
Devotional written by Pastor Brian Williams, Young Adults Pastor
SERVICE IS LEADERSHIP
To read today: John 13
The Lord is exalted over all the nations, his glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes, with the princes of his people.
In Psalm 113, the truth about our God took root in David’s life and was a source of blessing to him. It also fueled his faith in what the Messiah (Jesus) would be like.
In John 13, Jesus set the example of genuine leadership by serving and honoring all the disciples by washing their feet, even when the events that followed were betrayal (vs. 30) and an ignorant lie (vs. 37). He has every right to take “the good seat” at the table and to be served and catered to. Yet, He doesn’t. He comes and shows them that the Lord of all creation leads through service, and likewise, it is prudent for us to do the same.
What humble service opportunity have you ignored or shrugged off? Make a conscious effort to lead in service this week. In the same way that no person or task was considered beneath the creator of the universe, as His disciples, we should uphold this posture by humbly serving others. Surely, goodness and mercy will follow as we dwell in His presence and participate in His love for others.
Prayer – Jesus, you have all authority, and the world is your footstool, yet you came off the throne to care for the least, the last, and the lost. You came off your throne for me. You saw fit to rescue and serve me even in my disobedience, dishonesty, and corruption. Forgive me, Lord. Forgive me. In my poorness of spirit and mourning, I look to your sacrifice and resurrection for comfort. Bring about your kingdom in my heart and in the world around me through my service this week. To you be the glory and the power and the honor forever and ever. Amen.