Christ: Our Role Model
The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve. Matthew 20:28
What a role model! If there was ever one who deserved special treatment, it was Christ. But His focus wasn't on what He deserved. His focus was on who He was and all that was His. From this identity and inheritance, a life of grateful giving sprang forth.
As our Scripture reminds us, Christ came to serve, and His upper-room meeting with the disciples was a classic example of His calling to serve. During dinner, only hours before His own betrayal and arrest, He takes a towel and a basin of water, and He begins to wash the disciples' feet. The Bible says that when He had finished washing all their feet, he exhorted them (and us) to do likewise.
I (Teresa) have always wondered how long it took to wash twelve disciples' feet. However long it was, it seems to me that in the face of all that lay ahead of Him, Jesus was wasting His time washing feet. But the Savior saw this as one of the most important lessons in servanthood He could give.
We see in this passage Jesus' prompting to serve others coming through the security of His identity. John 13:3-5 records that "Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God," rose from dinner and began to wash their feet.
I wonder if this would work for me. I wonder if fully understanding who I am in Christ would cause my heart to overflow with grateful giving. I wonder if fully appreciating my inheritance in Him would prompt me to care for others. God says that I am His beloved child, blessed with everything pertaining to life and godliness. I guess we'll see if that prompts the miracle of serving others—beginning in my marriage.
When will you set aside time to reflect on what you have received so that you will be motivated to serve?
Teach me, Father, who I really am and what I’ve really received.
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