I once heard Dr. Tony Evans say that you can tell how servant-like you are when you get treated like a servant. I don’t know about you, but I certainly do not like being treated like a servant!
I’m one of those few people that really enjoyed working in catering. I loved the organization, meeting people’s needs, serving them a nice meal, and even cleaning up after them so they could enjoy themselves without having to worry about the mess. However, one time, we were catering a wedding, and someone spilled a glass of wine on the dance floor. Everyone kept on dancing and one of the guests notified me of what had happened. Protocol for us was for the first person to the scene to stay with the mess (as a sort of warning to others of broken glass, etc.). The next person to the scene was to get a mop or whatever was needed to clean it up. I took a few napkins with me to the mess and did what I could. I signaled to another server who basically just gave me more napkins and walked off. No one seemed to be going to get a bucket anytime soon and I could not leave the mess! Meanwhile, hardly anyone could even see me! I did what I could to stop people from stepping in the broken glass, but it was tough! They were dancing all around me! I had to get on my hands and knees to clean it up all while the dancing continued. Suddenly I found myself being tripped over, and well, being treated quite like a servant. It seemed like it took an eternity for another server to even see me in the middle of the dancing and bring a mop. It was one of the most humbling and humiliating experiences of my life. I left that night with a different view of servant-hood.
John 13:5 NASB
“Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.”
When I read that Jesus willingly took on the role of a servant to wash His disciples’ feet, it amazes me. I wonder if they treated Him in that moment like they would treat any other servant. Did they look Him in the eye and talk to Him? Or did they treat Him, well, like just another servant, there to serve their needs and wash their feet? Or did this one act change the way they thought about people in such “low” positions?
Have you ever worked in a “low” position? How do you like being treated like a servant? How do you treat others in such positions? What do you think of Jesus taking on such a low position in order to serve His disciples? Pray for a servant like heart and attitude. In Jesus’ Name.
This is an excerpt from my upcoming book: 365 Living Words.