God is Gracious
An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all - he is the greatest." Luke 9:46-48
Many of us have a personal favorite when it comes to great leaders - maybe it is George Washington, Martin Luther King, or maybe Ronald Reagan. If asked what makes them great, a likely response is that they had a grand vision and inspired others to support it.
According to Webster, one definition of a leader is something that ranks first. But we learn from Jesus, who modeled perfect leadership while he was on earth, that yes, Jesus was part of God's grand plan and was surrounded by loyal and determined followers, but what sets Jesus apart from many of the world's leaders is that he viewed himself as the "least of these". Despite his power and authority as "God made man", he bowed down and became a servant, allowing himself to take the lowest place so all of the world could be rescued from sin and made heirs to the throne. Isn't it remarkable that the world defines a leader as someone who ranks first, but yet Jesus modeled just the opposite? How will you choose to lead?
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. John 13:14-16
Because God is gracious, with Christ we can find joy in being least when leading others.