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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Leadership (03/14/05)

TITLE: Watch the Master
By Kathy Bruins


Silence filled the room with tense observance. Water droplets seemed to pierce the quiet as the feet of Thomas were being gently washed. Jesus took the towel from His waist and dried them. He looked into Thomas’ eyes and saw them mist. Jesus assured him with a smile and moved on to His next friend.

The closer Jesus got to Peter, the more Peter’s anxiety grew. He loved Jesus and respected Him so much, that he couldn’t stand to see Him as a servant. It just wasn’t right! He is the King of all…he is the Christ! We should be washing His feet. Why doesn’t anyone step in and finish the job for Him?

Jesus is coming closer now. He begins to kneel down. Peter stands up abruptly and cries, “Lord, are You going to wash my feet?”

Jesus knew Peter would have a hard time understanding. He loved him so. “Peter, you do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

Peter didn’t want to understand. He wanted Jesus to be the leader…not the servant. “No, You shall never wash my feet!”

Jesus stood and looked Peter straight in the eye with such power and passion, he thought his heart would stop. “Unless I wash you, you have no part with Me.”

Shaken to realize that he had offended Jesus, he quickly said, “Then, Lord, not just my feet but my hands and my head as well?”

Jesus smiled. “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” Jesus glanced at Judas with a concern that ran deep.

Jesus put the bowl and towel down when He finished. Upon returning to His place at the table, He asked His friends, “Do you understand what I have done for you?” Their faces showed that they didn’t understand, but none dared speak.

“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. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

Peter leaned back with the heaviness of this revelation. To lead is to serve. The two cannot be apart if you want to be a true leader. To follow the Master, you must serve from the heart…just like He did.

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Karen Deikun03/21/05
This was beautiful. I did notice a verb tense or two out of sync, but the story was perfect for leadership and nicely written.
Bob Zoellner03/21/05
Good job in the re-telling of Jesus' example on how to be true servant leaders. Thanks!
Leticia Caroccio03/21/05
No greater example of true leadership than our Lord, Jesus Christ. He leads in truth and passion and above all, love. Nice article.
Dixie Phillips03/22/05
Powerful story! What the world needs more of...... Sevant/Leaders.
Bless you for writing!
donna robinson03/26/05
The retelling was good but I think I would have liked a little more elaboration on sme of the feelings of those present. We know the story but always wonder how intense each of those people were that day.
Delores Baber03/27/05
Great reminder that leadership from God's point of view looks so different than it does to the world. What do you think our Lord was telling them when he said, what I do now you do understand?" Understanding the role of the heart of a servant/leader is of greatest importance. Thanks for focusing on this important quality.
Delores Baber03/27/05
Sorry, I meant to type "you do NOT understand". Excellent lesson to be learned here.