Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Lesson of Service

Serving is not an easy lesson to learn. But it is a lesson we must learn if ever we would become like our Master. Jesus did not come to be served but to serve. He served to the uttermost, just as He loved to the uttermost. Any service that needed to be done for another, He did as naturally and as simply as He breathed! He loved people, and was interested in them and was ready always to be helpful to them. It never mattered what the service was, whether it was the saving of a soul, the curing of a grievous sickness, or the giving of a cup of water He did the least service as graciously and as divinely as the greatest!
The washing of feet was the lowliest service any man could do for another. It was the work of the lowliest slave. Yet Jesus without hesitation, did this service for His own disciples. Thus He taught them that nothing anyone may ever need to have done by another is unfit for the holiest hands. We begin to be like Christ only when we begin to love others enough to serve them, regardless of the lowliness of the particular service.
One day a stranger entered an artist's studio in Milan. The artist was busy within. He was working on a painting of the head of Christ and appeared to take no notice of the stranger. At last he broke the silence, looked at the man and asked, "Sir, does it look like Jesus or not?"
There is no surer test of the genuineness of Christian life than in this matter of serving others. In serving others, we should inquire, "Are we like Jesus or not?" We are too careful of our dignity. When we see the Son of God washing His disciples' feet, we should be ashamed ever to ask whether anything another may need to have done is too menial for us to do. A king may do the lowliest kindness to the poorest peasant in his realm and his honor will only be enhanced by it.
[J. R. Miller]
John 13:4-5 ... He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.   After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
1 John 2:6 ... He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
Galatians 5:13 ... For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.