Jesus Is Our Example of Servanthood
They called him “Teacher,” then he taught them the lesson of serving one another. I find a very interesting point in this story. He washed the feet of all the disciples – He even washed the feet of the one who would betray him.
It is easy for us to serve someone who will return the favor some day, but it is unheard of to serve the one who you knew would ultimately betray you. Jesus knew that love knows no boundaries and when we are driven by love (not duty) we know no boundaries of service.
A common question today is, “What can I do to help you?” Or it may be phrased, “How can I serve you?” Those phrases are usually thrown around by customer service reps on the telephone. They often really mean, “How can I get you off the phone quickly so I can get credit for another call?”
It is different for we who are representatives of Christ. Our offer to help, even to those who would use us unjustly, should be genuine and come from a heart of love.
If you are willing to love the unlovely and serve God through serving them you will find that others will respond to the love of God which flows from you.
Prayer: Yes Lord, I need to learn this lesson of serving others. Too often my “self” and ambition drive me rather than your love. Grant me the grace to serve with your love. In Jesus name. Amen.
Message: If you are willing to love the unlovely and serve God through serving them you will find that others will respond to the love of God which flows from you.
Affirmation: When we love the unlovely we don't see that they are unlovely. We just see them as opportunities to express God's love.
Reflection: Jesus was our example in every way. In our devotion today he is being the example of servanthood. We should learn from this lesson that great leaders are also effective servants.