We are often surprised to see Jesus washing the feet of his disciple, probably not as surprised as the disciples were, as back then this feet washing was not something a ‘King’, a ‘Master’, a ‘Teacher’, a ‘Leader’ would do, it bought Jesus back to the level of a servant to those that followed him and hung off his every word.
Servanthood is one of those things that is really hard to reconcile with our modern-day lives. When we think of servants, we think of slavery that was abolished years ago in the western world (still as prevalent as ever behind closed doors though). I think that we actually really struggle to wrap our heads around servanthood. For me it is much simpler to just think of it as love in a physical form.
Again I have written about my giftings in the area of ‘Helps’ and my desire to have anything other than ‘Helps’ because all it really means is that you’re the one left cleaning up the mess while everyone else socialises and gets credit for having an ‘upfront gifting’. But the thing that I really do love about helps is that it makes it so much simpler for me to understand ‘servanthood’, I know what it is like to be the lowest of the low, because whether people will openly admit it there are 2 gifting you pray against when you’re a teenager, ‘Celibacy’ and ‘Helps’, both leave you feeling like you really bombed out when they were handing out gifts and it often ends in you being embarrassed to tell anyone your gifts at all. ‘Servanthood’ is the same, you are taking yourself off the pedestal that you designed and others have held you up on to place yourself as low as you can go. This what Jesus did, the disciples thought he was at the top of his game, they had persevered with him through tough times and now it was all about to pay off, he was going to do some awesome things and their photo would be on the front page of every newspaper standing right behind Jesus in support. But he didn’t do that, he chose to be the least, the lowest, as an example of what we should be.
“So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last.” Matt 20:16 NLT
“Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. 1 Peter 4:11 NLT
“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” 1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT
Sometimes you need to submit to the fact that you really haven’t got that much to give up to be the least. I live a comfortable life, nice house, beautiful wife, great family support, but socially and in giftings I don’t have much, I would love to be a preacher, share Gods word powerfully and run my own church one day, but if my efforts from last night are anything to go by (I developed a lisp during my bible reading, tripped over a ill-placed box and the microphone batteries died just as I was about to speak) it isn’t going to be anytime soon.
I’m content with ‘Helps’, it’s only one step lower and I’d have ‘Servanthood’.
Here is my equation for turning my gifting into ‘Servanthood’:
‘Helps – arrogance, pride, resentment and bitterness = Servanthood’
Jesus went from being on high with God at the creation of the Earth to be a lowly baby in a rough time for the world, he grew to be the ‘light of the world’ then gave it all up just to die a cruel and dishonourable death just so that I may be forgiven and live with him one day. In my mind, that’s Servanthood, That’s Easter