John 13:12-17 (NASB)  So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?  “You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.  “If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  “For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.  “Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him.  “If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
These verses caused me to reflect on my role as a ministry leader, husband, and father. Being honest, my greatest failings in these areas have often occurred when I have been inappropriately focused on what I deserved as a result of my “role” as leader or authority figure.
Jesus NEVER lost His authority or position (or His awareness of it). Rather than focusing on what was owed to Him as a result of who He was, His focus was on what He was called to do because of who He was as Lord, Creator, and Savior; as the Messiah.
We are most empowered to serve when we have a true Messiah complex. That is, when we use our position of authority and influence not to bolster our self-worth or gain validation, but to care for others, bear their burdens, and love them unconditionally. Jesus trusted God to judge Him righteously (1st Peter 2:23) and called us to lead in the same manner, trusting God to give us honor as He sees fit and when He sees fit (1st Peter 5:6-7).
May we all strive to have a Spirit-empowered, Christ honoring Messiah complex.