“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
~ Philippians 2:4-11
God, through the Person of Jesus Christ, did the unthinkable.
It’s what sinful human nature refuses to do–throw aside status or power, and descend to the lowest possible position. God, the Creator of the Universe, worthy of all things and all devotion, took on human flesh (a condescension in and of itself), but not only that, as a human, He lived as a slave, to meet the needs of others.
God…serving people? Living as a slave? A lot of us don’t even have that kind of category of thinking when it comes to God. It sounds like crazy talk.
But it’s not. It’s reality. And this is made visible for us in the life of Jesus, who took care of our deepest need–our need for restoration with God–on the cross. Jesus loved God the Father, and us, so much that He was willing to obey Him even if it meant dying a brutal death.
Even if it meant harsh criticism and slander from others.
Even if it meant being mocked and despised.
Even if it meant being rejected by His own people.
Our sinful default is to grab after power, privilege, and prestige, and use these things like crutches to prop up our own egos. We look down on certain jobs as “beneath us”, and others who do those jobs as “losers”.
Stooping down like a servant and humbly meeting the needs of others isn’t just a good idea–it’s the very heart of God. God is a servant-hearted God. He desires to meet the needs of people, even delights in doing it. Yes, you read that right–delights!
Are you looking to be a servant? Is that even on your radar? Or are you thinking in terms of power, or success, or privilege? Those things aren’t bad in themselves, but when we expect them to be God for us, they will inevitably disappoint us–bitterly.
So, like Jesus in John’s gospel, grab the towel. Wrap it around your waist. Grab the water basin. And see every person you come into contact with, be it friends, family, co-workers, clients, or neighbors, as people to serve.