It’s important that we be willing to serve. But we also need to be willing to be served by others!
[Jesus] came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” John 13:6
When Peter asked Jesus, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” he revealed an attitude so typical of you and me today: pride! It can be a serious wound to our pride, not only to serve, but to be served.
For years I taught a Bible study class of five hundred women. I was overwhelmed with preparing for the class and being wife and mom to three small children. So the women divided themselves into pairs to provide an entire dinner for my family on the weeknight of the class. I needed their help and was genuinely touched by their loving support, but … their kind gesture seemed to represent my failure to provide for my family and myself.
Eventually, with shame, I realized my resistance was rooted in pride.
God clearly commands you and me, “Humble yourselves” (Philippians 2:3). It’s important that we be willing to serve. But we also need to be willing to be served by others!