Generally speaking today’s leadership in the churches are full of “self-glory.” They forget who they claim to work for. -Admin-
So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen. Matthew 20:16 (NKJV)
It wasn’t easy for Peter to restrain himself. He was a natural leader, and leaders lead others. However, the events of Christ’s last week on earth shattered any dreams Peter might have had concerning self-glory and leadership.
He watched in frustration as the Savior wrapped a towel around His waist and began washing the disciples’ feet (John 13). When He approached Peter with the basin of water, the disciple recoiled: “Lord, You shall never bathe my feet!”
Jesus was firm in His reply, “Peter, don’t you understand? Unless you allow Me to do this, then you have no part of Me.”
A restless silence stood between them. God was confronting the motive of Peter’s heart. Peter didn’t understand the ways of God, and he wasn’t ready for service. It takes both humility and grace to serve others. It also takes the same to allow others to serve you. Peter’s life was still on the drawing board. Soon he would learn firsthand of God’s grace through the painful trial of humility.
Jesus said to the disciples: “If you want to be first, you must first learn to be last.” The only way you will develop a servant’s spirit is to treasure this truth deep within your heart.