[Jesus] poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. —JOHN 13:5
I once knew a pastor who was rising in popularity in his denomination. He was invited to serve on various boards and committees and to speak at national gatherings. I watched him closely and never saw a spirit of pride. He simply sought to do his best when he was asked to serve.
On one occasion when this man was asked to speak at a statewide meeting for pastors, he recommended that one of his young associate ministers speak instead. He felt that the younger pastors needed to be heard. I’ve spent a lot of time with pastors. I can tell you, this is not the normal attitude of a pastor who is at the midpoint of his career. I saw this man’s action as a sign of genuine humility: the desire to step down so others may step up.
When leaders have true humility, they aren’t concerned about exalting themselves. Instead, they help younger leaders find their place in the kingdom. If leaders walk the road of humility, there’s a good chance that others will follow. As Jesus taught, true greatness is seen in those who serve others.
Think of someone who would have an opportunity to take on a leadership role or particular responsibility, if you would take action on his or her behalf. Ask God how he might want you to serve that person.
Dr. Gary Chapman is the beloved best-selling author of The Five Love Languages and Love as a Way of Life. For more information, click here.