A Humble Example: Maundy Thursday

A Humble Example

Maundy Thursday, April 9

Read: John 13:1-17

When we hear the term “Maundy Thursday,” do we earnestly reflect on its meaning? Generally speaking, the church recognizes the word maundy as a derivation of the Latin word mandatum, meaning commandment.

What does this have to do with Holy Week? In this passage from the Gospel of John, Jesus tells the disciples to do as he did and wash each other’s feet. He gives this instruction on the night before the most sacrificial act to happen in all of history—his death on the cross.

Through his humble example, Jesus reminds us that in order for his rule and reign to take hold of people, it will not come through might. No. His rule and reign happen through leaders with humble hearts.

How might your leadership look different if you replace your pride and self-assuredness with God-given humility?

Holy Spirit, fill us with humility. Help us set aside our pride in order to serve humbly and change hearts for you. AMEN.

About the Author

Tone Waters is the director of global outreach and communications at Faith Covenant Church in Burnsville, Minnesota. She plans to attend North Park Theological Seminary over the next five years to earn a Master of Divinity Degree and pursue a calling to pastoral ministry.

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  1. Thank you for the reminder of “servant leadership “. God bless us all during this unique “Holy Week”

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