There I was studying at the kitchen table late at night when the phone rang. It was my sister, asking me to stand up and bring her a glass of water. So, I answered as a lot of us would: “What? Stand up and get it yourself!” Luckily for her, it only took one minute for me to regret my words and do the favor she asked me. Isn’t it great to be served? And how awful can be to serve others sometimes? We normally want to be served and not to serve others; so why anyone on Earth would want to become a servant? To answer that, let me share with you an experience I had this month.
Last week, I was invited to a meeting with people who are about to graduate. Like me, a lot of people only come to Viçosa – the city I live in – to get their degrees. There we received a paper with the image of two suitcases. Inside the one in the left, we were supposed to write the things that we brought in our suitcase when we came to Viçosa. And inside the right one the things we will bring in our suitcase when we leave Viçosa.
After we shared our papers with one another, the pastor began to say there are two items we must not forget to put in the right suitcase: the basin and the towel. He wasn’t speaking literally; he was talking about the meaning these two items should have to us as followers of Christ. To understand this meaning better, we must remember Jesus words after he had washed his disciples’ feet during the Passover Festival:
“When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”(John 13:12-17)
In this story, Jesus is calling his disciples to serve others! In God’s eyes, the servant is greater than the master. And He is even willing to bless us as we begin to look more to the others and less to ourselves. Therefore, why anyone on Earth would want to become a servant? To become more like Christ!
In the meeting I attended, the main pastor of my church imitated Christ and began to wash my friend’s feet. Looking to that I could not help it and began to cry. I imagined Jesus, the king of all kings, washing the disciples’ feet. The one person on earth that deserved to be served was indeed the person that served most. As it is written:
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”(Mark 10:45)
As Jesus followers, we should serve others the way He did. Being patient to others and even putting someone else needs before ours. As it is written below, we should use our talents and the strength God has given us to help others. Our lives should be to glorify God and one of the best ways to do so is by becoming a servant!
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”(1 Peter 4:10-11)