We read in John 13:3–5, “Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.” In this lesson, Jesus, endowed with all authority over everything, kneeled before each of his disciples--those He was leading--and washed their feet.
I was blessed to ascend to the highest enlisted rank in the Air Force, and I knew that my role was to teach leadership in a humble way, through following those appointed over me and submitting to the authority of God. Meaning I took out the trash. Everybody’s trash. This was not to position myself to boast in my humility, but to live out how to follow first and lead always. We ask ourselves, “How can taking other people’s trash out be leadership?” Jesus gives us the answer in the next several verses.
Jesus taught his disciples when he said in John 13:12–17, “…Do you understand what I was doing? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.”
I officially retired from the United States Air Force on 31 August 2016, after 29 years, two months, and 14 days of active duty service. I have been blessed to step away from the Air Force and into full-time ministry. Some might say the mission is different, but I might suggest it has remained the same. Over the past 20 years of my walk with Christ my mission has been to follow Christ first and lead others to do the same. I will continue to follow Jesus’ example as I start my new leadership position.
Pastor Dave Martin has been married to his wife Daljit for 26 years. They have two grown children and three grandchildren. Dave is a veteran after nearly 30 years of service in the United States Air Force. He has been a Christian for over 20 years earned a Master Degree from Liberty University Theological Seminary and joined NLC in July 2016, where he currently serves as the location pastor at NLC Somersworth.