John 13:16-17 Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. * * * * * * * Among the best pieces of leadership advice I have ever received is "Listen to the sargeants." In military land wars, it is a wise general who listens to the needs and the wisdom of the sargeants who are often the ones closest to the action on the front lines. Jesus, in his final hours with his disciples, was teaching them servant leadership. He was teaching them to listen to the sargeants on the frontlines of humanity. Everything about Jesus' ministry was different, counter-cultural and compassionate. * * * * * * * Holy God, may we serve with your wisdom. Amen.