Who has been the most influential leader in your life? Perhaps you believe it was someone powerful, like a president. But how much has this person actually changed the course of your life and make you who you are today? The fact is, that people of great worldly stature may inspire us, but it’s those who are doing the hard work, the dirty work, the everyday grind—who mold and influence us the most. Jesus said:
“You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.” (John 13:13-15)
Jesus was by far the most powerful person that ever walked the earth—and he was also the most influential. He taught people from all walks of life, He didn’t have many possessions, He didn’t expect people to serve Him, He fed the hungry, He wept openly, and—He washed dirty feet. He is still influencing people more than 2,000 years later.
We often associate power with worldly, dynamic influence; but Jesus said “for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.” (Luke 9:48) This verse reminds me of my dad. He spent thousands of hours teaching us about God; showing us how to work hard; and how to love love deeply. He did the millions of important things. No President could have taught me the principles which formed my character and influenced me like my father did.
It’s likely that the most influential leader in our life is someone who served us.
Jesus didn’t have His own children, yet He called all of us “His little children.” That is the servant-leader we need to be—a father to the fatherless, a shoulder to cry on, a hand to feed the poor, a friend to the lonely, etc. Our actions demonstrate Christ’s heart. He was the humblest servant, yet He left the greatest mark!
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