Catalytic Quotes: Part 2 (Andy Stanley)

“What do you do when it dawns on you that you are the most powerful person in the room?”

This is the question that Andy Stanley asked in the first session of Catalyst on Thursday.

He taught from John 13:1-17.

Here’s the context: Jesus and the disciples are all in the same room getting ready to eat supper.

In this passage, John says that, “Jesus knew that God had put all things under his power….” In other words, He realized that He was the most powerful man in the room.

So what did He do? John writes…

“Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 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.”

When Jesus realized that He was the most powerful man in the room, He stripped off His “outer clothing” (i.e. the symbol of His power) and assumed the role of a servant!

BUT it was so much more than just serving! He served his “direct reports” and in doing so showed them how to serve those that they would lead!

Jesus said, “Do you understand what I have done for you? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

When Jesus realized that He was the most powerful man in the room, He leveraged His power to serve others and show them what it looked like to serve their subordinates and in doing so receive blessing!

Bottom line… when you realize that you are the most powerful person in the room… the only response for Christ followers is to use that power to serve OTHERS and set them up for blessing.

(Check out Tim Steven’s summary of Andy’s talk)

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