God designed the world around servanthood.
Dating back to the Garden of Eden, God’s design called for Adam to care for creation. In return, creation would sustain, protect, and nourish Adam.
God created the world to function through mutually beneficial relationships, and he rooted our identities in our service to the world.
Honestly, though, many of us struggle with the concept of servanthood, because the world’s message about it is clear. Servanthood is unpleasant and menial. It’s undesirable and unglamorous, and it’s reserved for those who lack power, resources, and influence.
In short, we should avoid it at all cost.
Most of us have probably rejected servanthood within the last week or so without even realizing it. Someone offers to help with a project or a challenge, and we dismiss the help.
Perhaps it’s because we’re convinced we can do the work ourselves. Or perhaps it’s because we wouldn’t dare admit that we can’t.
The world has taught us to avoid any appearance of vulnerability or weakness, and we’ve embraced that teaching. Men specifically build their entire lives around the goal of never appearing weak.
We keep everyone safely at a distance, so they won’t know the truth about who we are.
Peter tried to do the same thing when Jesus prepared to wash his feet.
“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus’ plan to wash Peter’s feet demanded Peter’s vulnerability. It required him to expose the dirtiest part of himself, and then to allow his respected leader to clean it.
Peter had to let Jesus see his weakness, and he was terrified.
But the answer Jesus gave Peter still applies to each of us today.
“Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
Jesus knows that we aren’t clean. He knows that we’ve made mistakes.
Jesus also knows that we’re hiding the parts of ourselves that desperately need cleaning. He knows that shame prompts us to cover up our weakness.
Jesus wanted His disciples to know that shame disappears when you make yourself vulnerable.
Jesus wanted His disciples to know that in His kingdom, showing weakness is how you finally experience love, forgiveness, healing, and strength. He wanted them to know that acceptance exists when you admit who you really are.
Most importantly, He wanted them to understand that they wouldn’t find their identity in the work they did or in their accomplishments. They would find it in Him.
Jesus wants you to know those things, too.
According to Jesus, truly great leaders of men—men who have the authority to show other men how to be men—are not those who feed off the strength of others by dominating them, but those who willingly take the position of a servant and offer their strength to those around them.
Jesus willingly took the position of servant and shared His strength with the world, and you were created to do the very same thing.
“Freely you have received; freely give.”
Authentic manhood begins when we allow Jesus to wash our feet and make us whole; when we allow Him to serve us so that we can serve the world.
The men of Junto Tribe are beginning a movement to bring Jesus’ brand of service to the world, and you can join us.
We’re on a mission to prove that the world is wrong about men, and it’s wrong about servanthood.
We’re on a mission to find freedom, and we’d love for you to come along.