Saturday, December 25, 2010

What Do You Do When You Realize You Are the Most Powerful Person in the Room?

Several months ago, I heard a sermon on CD that was delivered to the Chick-fil-A leadership team entitled, What Do You Do When You Realize You Are the Most Powerful Person in the Room?

I could never do it justice by rewriting the discourse or even speaking it.

Today is Christmas. It is a special day for millions around the world. At some point, when you are with family and friends, you will be looked upon highly and in a much favorable light.

How you respond to your moment or hours of celebrity will say a lot about you.

In the world of servant leadership, we don’t use the word power in a flattering manner. However, let’s face it; there are times when you do have clout but it must be used respectfully.

For guidance on how to behave when you are the most powerful person in the room, I encourage you to read the following passage from John 13 in the Holy Bible (New International Version).

Key points: Notice when Jesus entered the room, he disrobed. In other words, he humbled himself and then proceeded to wash “their” feet.

1 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

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