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CHRIST's Humble Servanthood

Updated on May 27, 2012

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CHRIST’s Humble Servanthood

When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “ Do you understand what I have done for you ? “ he asked them. “ You call me ‘Teacher and Lord’ and rightly so ,for that is what I am. Now that I your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”

John 13:12-15

This passage of John shows Jesus as a loving servant.The foot is one of the dirtiest part of the human body. The task of washing other people’s feet is a task given only to the lowliest slaves. Jesus in washing His disciple’s feet demonstrated ultimate servanthood. He washed all His disciple’s feet. He washed the feet of Judas, the one who will betray Him. He washed the feet of Peter, the one who denied Him three times. He washed all His disciple’s feet even though He knew that They will forsake Him during His crucifixion.

Jesus being Lord and Teacher, in washing His disciple’s feet demonstrated an exemplary model of humility. As Christians and disciples of Christ , God expects us to follow Jesus way of servanthood and humility. Whatever status so far we have reached in this life, in our work, in our community, we amy have reached the pinnacle of success, we have to remain humble and be willing to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ. Jesus never mind doing dirty work in serving His disciples. We should not also mind doing dirty work for our fellow household of faith. In Christianity, to be a leader is to be a servant. That is Christ’s viewpoint of leadership. In Christianity, you will never become successful as a leader unless you humble yourself first as a servant. Christ leadership is successful because He humbled Himself first as a servant. To be a successful leader in our workplace we must strip off ourselves of pride and humble ourselves as a servant. We should avoid showing any favoritism or partiality. We must also be willing to serve those who acts unkindly towards us as JesusChrist also washed Judas Iscariot’s feet, the man who betrayed Him.

In the world system, the big boss usually lords over his subordinates and give great demands from them, without speaking in humility. The ways of the world is so adverse to the ways of Christ. Christ conquered the world with His humble servanthood. He has no military might to show to the world, yet His followers now from the time of the birth of His church could number thousands of millions. JesusChrist is the greatest leader who came into the world. And Christ humble servanthood caused the greatest impact to the world. No human leader has gained greater number of followers than Jesus of Nazareth.

True leadership indeed springs out from true servanthood and humility. AS followers of Christ, we have no other better alternative way of life but to follow Christ’s humble way of leadership to be successful in impacting the world.

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      cristina327 4 years ago from Manila

      HI oceansider thank you for appreciating this hub. Many blessings to you and your family always. Best regards.

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      oceansider 4 years ago

      Dear Cristina, thank you for this hub about Jesus' servanthood... I agree with you, that we need to remain humble and to serve each other and in doing so, we are serving our Lord....God bless you sister, Helen

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      cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

      Hi skye2day great to see you on this hub. I am greatl blessed by your visit. Be blessed always.

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      cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

      Hi DeBorrah great to hear from you again. I am blessed to see you on this hub. I am glad that you appreciated this hub. Remain blessed always. Best regards.

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      skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Cristina. Sister this is a beautiful and humble works for our Lord. Yes we need to stay humble in our serving sister. It is good to remember where we once were, amen? You have done it again Cristina and written a beautiful reminder breathed by the Holy Spirit of God in you. Thank you for sharing. Keep going Cristina precious sister. U will I am sure Phil 4:13 Hugs Galore love you in Christ.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Cristina, WONDERFUL! This is a marvelous and quite insightful! There is much spiritual wisdom to embrace here. As you well stated: "Whatever status so far we have reached in this life, in our work, in our community, we amy have reached the pinnacle of success, we have to remain humble and be willing to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ. Jesus never mind doing dirty work in serving His disciples. We should not also mind doing dirty work for our fellow household of faith. In Christianity, to be a leader is to be a servant!" AMEN! & AMEN!! Thank You for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Mercy, Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!

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      cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

      Hi drpastorcarlotta I am glad to hear from you again.I am greatly encouraged by your visit and comments. Thank you for gracing this hub.Remain blessed always.Best regards.

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      God sure is working through you!!!!!!!!!!!! AMEN! Voted-up! I pray that things are going well with you, come visit when you have some time.

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      cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

      Hi Brother Jess I am glad to hear from you again. Thank you for dropping by. Remain blessed always and best regards.

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      Jesshubpages 5 years ago

      Hi Cristina, this hub echoes Php 2:8 "And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Godbless

      Jess

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      cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

      Hu einron I am glad to see you again on my hub. Thank you for gracing this hub. Yes it is often taught in words but in actual practice many have failed to immitate the humility of Christ. It requires a daily dying to the SELF Life. Remain blessed always. Best regards.

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      einron 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      It is good to remind Christians of the humility of Jesus. Believing in words, but not in action is useless. Wonder how many churches do practise this washing of feet? Some do, but not all practise humility in action.

      Blessings to you

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      cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

      HI pippap thanks for dropping by. Be blessed always.

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      cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

      Hello teaches123e45 I am glad you apppreciate this hub. Thank you for taking time to visit. I am greatly encouraged by your presence in this hub. Humility as exemplified by Christ is one of the greatest lesson to be learned in christianity. It requires daily dying to the SELF life. Sometimes it involves a lifelong journey. Remain blessd today. REgards.

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      cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

      Hi Brother lifegate I am happy to hear from you again. Thank you for paying a visit. Remain blessed always and regards.

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      cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

      Hi Brother Dave Mathews I am glad to hear from you again. Thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. I am blessed by your visit to this hub. Blessings to you always and your family. Best regards.

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      pippap 5 years ago from Surrey, BC

      The word of God and his teachings are always a tonic for my soul. Thanks.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks for the reminder on humility. I needed to hear this today, it touched my heart.

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      William Kovacic 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Cristina,

      Thanks for this lesson. There's much for us all to consider.

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      Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Ate Cristina: Thank you for this reminder. Indeed, we, as children of God must always be in total subserviance to our creator, Our Father, Our God.