How many times have you heard of Jesus being praised as the King, the Lord, or the Son of God? Those titles, while entirely apt, often overshadow an equally significant yet seldom mentioned aspect of His character: Jesus, the servant.
Dive deep into the scripture, and you'll be struck by just how Jesus embodied the spirit of servanthood. Remember John 13:1-17? It paints a touching scene where Jesus, with tenderness and humility, washes the feet of His disciples. This was a task typically reserved for the lowest of servants. Yet, here was the Messiah, illustrating humility in its purest form. Why? To engrave upon our hearts the paramount importance of serving others.
In Philippians 2:5-8, the Bible pulls back the curtain to reveal the heart of Christ: a heart that pulsates with humility. It urges us to mirror His mindset: "...Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather, He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant..." And to think, He went as far as dying on the cross for us. Isn't that the ultimate show of love and servanthood?
Jesus wants us to act like He did, helping and caring for others. But how can we show this kind of humility every day? Let's delve into some actionable ways:
Be of Service: Start with your immediate circle. Family, friends, colleagues. There's always a chance to uplift, to serve, to showcase kindness.
Lend an Ear: Sometimes, a listening ear is the greatest gift you can offer. Dive into conversations and truly listen to the stories, struggles, and jubilations of those around you.
Step Up and Volunteer: Anchor your faith with deeds. Engage in activities tailored to helping those in need. Even a small act of kindness can make a big difference.
Cultivate Humility: Remember, in this journey of servanthood, we're all students. Let's be open to learning, adapting, and growing.
In this whirlwind of life, let's pause and reflect on Jesus' unparalleled servanthood. And as we do, may His spirit of humble service reverberate through our actions, echoing the true essence of His teachings. Because when you look closely, isn't it magnificent to realize that our Savior also desires to be recognized as our servant? Let's celebrate and emulate that.