Jesus Christ…took upon himself the form of a servant…(Philippians 2:5-7)
When we think of Jesus being servant, most of us probably recall his washing the disciples feet. Imagine with me: An accident occurs, a great doctor is called to come help and he begins by washing the victims feet. There are others who could do that! That’s not what doctor’s do. Doctors do the big things—not wash feet! That’s how Peter felt. No, Lord, you don’t wash my feet.
We point fingers of blame at Peter for his impetuousness. I wish I could describe to you the feeling inside me when I read Luke 12:37, “It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.” I feel just like Peter. I question, “If I am watching and ready for you, you will sit me at the table and wait on me? Oh, Lord, surely not!” Well I have not convinced myself that Jesus will ever be “serving” me. Just thinking about it makes me cry, “Oh, Lord, not so!” Then again I think of the prayers I regularly pray. How many of them are prayers for Jesus to serve me? “Jesus, get me out of this tight spot that I got myself into.” “Lord, I was really dumb when I made that decision. Open a way for me.” “Oh, Jesus, my words were unkind, please don’t let her take offense.” It’s beyond comprehension that he still does it! Washes my dirty feet—cleans up after me.
I want to pay tribute to wonderful people I have known, the wonderful country in which I live, the communities in which I have lived, the churches who have claimed me as their own, the God who sends shivers down my back when I really give him a portion of my time—well, maybe not shivers but tears flow easily in some of those most priceless times.
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