“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45 (NIV) That pretty much says it all right there. Our best example of what it means to be a servant leader is found in the life of Christ (the Son of Man). He was in a position as He went about teaching and performing miracles to just soak up all the praise and never take time to serve. The thing is...He didn't do that. He came to serve...which He demonstrated when He washed the feet of His disciples. The Creator of Heaven and Earth did a job that was considered the lowest job in that day...washing other people's feet. Imagine the shock in observing this taking place. I'm sure there were those in His company that tried to dissuade Him from doing something like this.
I tried to think of something somewhat similar to this here at the office. The best I can come up with is someone coming into the office and telling us that the toilets are overflowing in the ladies restrooms (which we share with everyone else on this floor) and hear our General Manager say...I'll take care of it! Without any complaining, he just takes care of the problem and offers to check all the other bathrooms. We would all be shocked and would be saying that's not your job...let us get the custodian of the building. He would assure us that he WANTED to do this.
Jesus showed us by that simple act of washing the feet of His disciples how important it is to not always be the recipient of praise and benefits, but to step out and be someone that serves others in word and deed!