I have never humbled myself to serve someone else that it wasn't a superior blessing for me.
These are our marching orders.
We are messengers sent out to live, speak, and act in a manner that glorifies our Lord Jesus.
We are not greater than the One that sent us out.
Yet.....how many times do we refuse to serve our neighbors?
In the scripture passage above Jesus is about to wash the feet of the men that followed him for 3 years of ministry.
One of these men would betray him.
One of the these men would deny him.
The rest of these men would scatter in fear during the following days....
Yet He served them.
He blessed them by doing something seemingly beneath Him.
What does this look like in my own life?
Will I show kindness to someone that has been hateful to me?
Will I go out of my way for a stranger?
Will I go last when I want to be in the lead?
Will I hold my tongue for another to speak?
Will I mind being overlooked so someone else can be seen?
Will I extend compassion instead of criticism?
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control are gifts of the Spirit of God intended to be used to show off the character of the God we serve.
Jesus embodied every one of these gifts in his person.
He was the Word made flesh....for us.
And He humbled Himself to not just die on a cross for us...but to wash our feet as well.