Face it, ladies, aren’t there times when we all feel that we’re too good to waste our time serving others? Changing diapers, packing lunches, scrubbing the toilet — these are not generally seen as tasks that fulfill us or enrich our lives. Taking time to listen to a whiney teenager, visiting an elderly relative who rambles on and on or cheerfully assisting our annoying boss can become tiresome and irritating. Sometimes we feel unappreciated. Does anyone even SEE what we’re doing? The effort we put into making somebody else’s life a little smoother? The things we put up with in order to help somebody else? In the verses above, Jesus reminds us of two things:
- He himself was willing to serve. He was God, yet He not only washed feet, He gave his life for ungrateful, sinful wretches like you and me. We should never be unwilling to serve others when we reflect upon His example.
- When we serve we will be blessed. Maybe we won’t be blessed with worldly recognition or wealth, but we will be blessed by loving relationships. Plus we will receive the recognition that really matters when we hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant” from Jesus, our Lord.
Remember, nobody wishes on their death bed that they had spent more time accumulating stuff. Nobody remembers their parents or friends fondly because they were rich or famous. In the end what matters most are the many, small, caring deeds we do for others. The things we think are go unnoticed.
So serve cheerfully. Develop a servant’s heart. You’re not too good for this.