Philippians 2:7 (ESV)
But emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
Imagine the Last Supper scene. The disciples were gathered, ready to celebrate the Passover with their friend Jesus.
When Jesus arrives he does something unexpected. He washes the disciples’ feet. Think about that. Most likely these men had traveled miles barefoot through streets and terrain that hadn’t been touched by a street sweeper. And Jesus wanted to wash their feet.
Philippians 2:7 says, “He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”
This feet-washing gig was usually reserved for a lowly servant. Not this time. Jesus, the Messiah, the son of God, got down on his knees and humbled himself before his followers. Why? That was his purpose. To serve.
The very next day Jesus would die on a cross for the world. The ultimate sacrifice. A beautiful act of service.
From the beginning there was a call on Jesus' life—a call to serve. That’s the call on my life too. I’m not here to serve myself or pursue my selfish ambitions. I’m here to serve, to give, to love.
After loving God with all our heart, soul and mind, Jesus says the second greatest command is to “love your neighbor as yourself.”
Our purpose is clear: Love God. Love people.
Will you let the story of Easter and Jesus’ example of service propel you to love and serve people with all you have?
Today’s Challenge: Love someone who would least expect it today. Do something kind for them. Maybe take flowers to someone who you usually disagree with or bring the co-worker who got the promotion before you a cup of coffee today.
Dear Lord, we pray today that we would show Your love to someone today. Bring that person to our mind so that we can share the love of Easter with them. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.