Philippians 2:5-7a (CEB)
5Adopt the attitude that was in Christ Jesus:
6Though he was in the form of God,
he did not consider being equal
with God something to exploit.
7But he emptied himself
by taking the form of a slave
and by becoming like human beings.
Soon after my wife and I got married, we went on a Caribbean cruise. I had never been on a cruise before and wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. At dinner the first night, the waiter unfolded my napkin and placed it on my lap for me. When the food came, he waited for me to taste it and then put ground pepper on it for me. If I paused for even a second and looked up as though I might need something, he was right there. And between every course, he whisked away the crumbs from my place setting. You know what? It was weird. It was very strange to have somebody waiting on—and even anticipating—my every need.
But guess what. I got used to it real quick! It turns out it’s really nice to be served. It made me feel really good.
One time, Jesus wanted to wash the disciples’ feet. In those days, it was all dirt roads and most people wore sandals. Feet would become especially dirty. When a homeowner was hosting a party, he would usually have a slave on duty to wash his guests’ feet. It was the lowliest of jobs. Peter was especially uncomfortable with the idea of Jesus—the Messiah!—washing his feet. But Jesus said this: I am washing your feet as an example. Now go and serve others in this same way.
Serving a person makes that person feel really good. Sometimes the act of serving puts us in a not-so-prestigious position. But if the Son of God can put himself into the position of a foot washer, we, too, can humble ourselves in some way to serve another.
How can you be a better servant at home? at school? to your friends? to people you don’t know?
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