I think that one of the greatest challenges facing many Christians today is the issue of being a ‘servant.’
For some reason, many Christians have the idea that to be a ‘servant’ means that you attend a worship service once a week! By going to a worship service every week completes their ‘service’ requirement!
But if you intently study the scriptures you will discover that when Jesus talks about ‘serving’ … it always means pouring your life into somebody else!
Jesus certainly modeled this on the evening of the Last Supper … when He took on the role of the lowest servant and washed the feet of the disciples. (Read about this in John 13:3-16) Through this act, He showed that the key to ‘servanthood’ is humility. Unless we are willing to stoop very low and get dirty in our ‘serving,’ we have missed the whole point of ‘servanthood.’
Reflect on this Last Supper for just a moment and begin to visualize Jesus getting on his knees and washing the smelly, dirty calloused, stinky feet of 12 men … including men who in just a few hours would betray Him, abandon Him, and deny Him.
You see, a true ‘servant’ does not have to be asked to serve. On this particular evening Jesus saw what had been overlooked and needed to be done … so He did it!
A true ‘servant’ will be alert to identify needs and will volunteer to meet them.
A true ‘servant’ will quietly do his or her service without looking for recognition or reward.
A true ‘servant’ is satisfied with giving.
However, a true ‘servant’ must learn to receive as well as give.
Remember, Simon Peter threw a little temper-tantrum when Jesus tried to wash his feet. He was one proud man! Do you recall Jesus’ response? If they did not let Him wash their feet, then they had no part in Him.
Wow! Powerful words!
True ‘servants’ learn to do both … graciously give and humbly receive.
Will you be a ‘servant’ for Him throughout this Christmas season?
Will you be a ‘servant’ for Him throughout the new year of 2014?
I pray that you and I will be!
Dennis Wheeler is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with his weekly column The Focus. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.