Refresh Challenge: Whose Feet Are You Washing?

Imagine with me that you just got a new job at a very prestigious company you always dreamed of. Then the HR manager approaches you and informs you that you can choose whichever boss you would like, how would you describe your ideal boss?


Some people may say they want a boss who makes clear goals and targets that are achievable or challenges them to grow. Others want a boss who would involve them in decision-making.

The truth is most people want a boss who would give them a pay hike whenever they need it.

Today we will look at the greatest leader who ever lived; Jesus. He is considered the most respected and influential leader in the history of the world.

Read – John 13:3-17 

Jesus knew his days were numbered. He chose to spend his last few hours teaching his disciples the most powerful lesson about the servant nature of a disciple, by picking up a towel and washing their feet.

Picture your boss at the office coming in and during the staff meeting, deciding to polish everyone’s shoes? Or a political leader you know showing up in your neighborhood, with no cameras present, and offering to manually do your laundry?

Jesus was about to hand over a great charge to the disciples, and he knew they would shepherd this new global movement, and push it to new frontiers. In his last moments he could have talked strategy with them, devising a master plan for world domination.

Yet Jesus knew that the biggest challenge of leadership is not about competence but character. Not how to lead from the head but how to lead from the heart.

In order to be great, you must serve others.

Read Mark 10:43-44

Do you want to be great? Whose feet are you washing?

Our world is full of dirty feet in need of a good wash. God is raising up an army of fearless men and women who believe that the church is the hope of the world. Driven by this conviction, they passionately serve the needs of their community.

However, there are a lot of barriers that keep us from serving. Here are a few:

 1. Busyness: Life has become a balancing act between a demanding work schedule, school, family commitments and social commitments.

2. Tradition: In the traditional church, the philosophy was carried was ‘I pay my tithe, so the church can hire professional pastors to do the ministry’. In the Bible, we see that every member of the body of Christ is to be a minister.

3. Issues: Most of us think we must get our lives together first before we are qualified to serve others. But we see throughout the Bible that God doesn’t call the equipped, he equips the called.

4. Ignorance: Many confess ‘I don’t know what my gifts are and so I don’t know where I could serve.” Or others may not be aware of the volunteer needs that the church has.

5. Temptation. The temptation to NOT serve is great because when God speaks to your heart to serve, the enemy is right there to try and distract you and tempt you.

John 3: 13

Jesus knew that he had come from God and that he was returning to God. And it is from this assurance of his identity that enables him to serve.

The lie that so many people believe is that you can change the world apart from community. That you don’t need to be part of the local church. Freedom is valued. But the truth is that freedom based on this world’s definition of freedom leads to bondage. True freedom has a purpose; true greatness has a purpose.

 Galatians 5:13

If you want to be great, be the first to serve.

The local church is the hope of the world and God’s design to change the world, to raise up men and women of faith who will be able to impact every sphere of culture.

God is raising each one of us to be global leaders in politics, business, education, and entertainment and so on. God gives us influence and favor not for ourselves but to share with others.

Do you want to be great? Whose feet are you washing?

Follow us on Twitter & Facebook. We stream the sermon LIVE every Sunday 10AM GMT+3 here, bookmark and tune in. Sermon videos are usually uploaded to our YouTube channel


Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: