Matthew 20:26-28, But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister (servant). And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto (served), but to minister (serve), and to give His life a ransom for many.
John 13:15, For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you (he washed their feet).
The disciples had a difficult time learning just about everything Jesus tried to teach them during their three-year crash course with the Master. One of the teachings that they really seemed to struggle with was concerning the matter of servanthood. I have a feeling there are two main reasons for this: First of all, our human nature tends to rebel against serving others. We want others to serve us, of course, but serving others just seems to go “against the grain.” Secondly, for most of their lives these men did not see this spirit of servanthood modeled. This is especially true of the religious leaders of the day. The Pharisees were many things, but humble servants was definitely not found in the job description, nor was it found in their vocabulary.
Jesus does not want us to learn from the world how to be a “leader.” Neither does he want us to learn from “worldly” religious leaders who have patterned their “leadership style” after the world. Jesus wants us to follow His example as a humble servant!
Philippians 2:5, 7, 8, Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus … (Jesus) made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant … he humbled himself …