Stinky Feet Cleaner

Posted: October 23, 2008 in Cool Stuff just for you


Jesus is such an amazing example for us. 

I get a leadership devotional every week and this week here is what it said:


  I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.
John 13:15
   The qualifications for being a leader do not consist solely of sitting behind a desk and barking out orders for others to accomplish. If that were the case, life as we know it would come to a standstill, with lots of talk but no action. Successful leaders are able to delegate duties to others but are also willing to perform them if necessary.I know of one grocery store chain where the CEO and his team of vice-presidents attend the grand opening of each new location. Instead of simply basking in the spotlight of another success, they get to work, helping the new staff. They can be seen stocking shelves, performing price checks, helping customers, and bagging groceries. They even gather shopping carts from the parking lot. Talk about setting an example for the new employees to follow!

Jesus set the perfect example on the night he was betrayed by Judas Iscariot. As the evening meal was being served, he got up from the table, grabbed a towel and basin of water, and proceeded to wash the feet of his disciples. Such a task was supposed to be done by a servant, but Jesus was willing to take on that role. Peter wasn’t sure what to think of this, rejecting the foot washing at first. He had to be convinced. Later, Jesus informed Peter and the other disciples that leadership equals servanthood. It’s not an easy truth for many leaders to apply to life, but Christ’s example that night makes an eloquent case.

So the next time you’re ready to tell someone what to do, think back to that evening meal when the Lord, on his knees, washed the dirty, smelly feet of those he loved—and for whom he later died. That’s leadership in its highest form. How can you follow that example?


So this got me to thinking….
Servant leadership is so Biblical.  I thought of how most of us would have been so upset with what we were about to go through that we would only think of ourselves.  Jesus, on the other hand, thought about others.  I want to be like that!  A man that would not consider his circumstances in a way that would stop him from serving others.  It is in serving others that we gain perspective and hear God’s voice.  When we think others should serve us because of our position or status, we miss the voice of God in our arrogance. 

My prayer today:  Lord let me serve people with a humble attitude and a grateful heart.  Help me hear your voice in the simple act of love and service.  My I not miss what you are speaking through those I serve and allow me the opportunity to grow.  In Jesus name, Amen.


I’m headed up for a meeting today with some friends in Olympia.  I am looking forward to hearing Jesus in them.  Have an awesome day!

  1. Marlene says:

    I love what the devotional says! I want that for our church & for each one of us. To have a heart to serve like Jesus did & everyone working together for the common goal of making others sucessful in their walk with Jesus.

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