Sometimes people see me doing tasks and say, “You shouldn’t be doing that.” Of course, I don’t always want to do the tasks that I do. We don’t always want to have a servant’s attitude. We all have our selfish moments where we want to focus on ourselves over focusing on other people, but being a servant makes you greater than others around you.
Jesus said in Matthew 23:11, “The greatest among you will be your servant.” Jesus didn’t just talk about being a servant, but He lived as one. All throughout His ministry, we see Him serving the people, healing those who are sick, and feeding those who are hungry. One of the greatest examples of His servanthood is when He washes His disciples’ feet. This was a shock to the disciples. At that time, everyone walked extensively in sandals throughout the day and by the end of the day, their feet were very dirty. Washing feet wasn’t uncommon before meals, but it was a task reserved for the lowliest of servants. They must have thought it odd to have Jesus washing theirs, but Jesus assured them, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
Great people are not those who have power, money, or material things. Great people are servants. In order to be a servant, you must do things that you think are beneath you. The first step in developing this Jesus attitude is changing your focus to others. For instance, if what you do involves cooking, see your job as you serving people a good meal. If you are a speaker, you are serving people information. Your place of influence is what you serve to others.
To continue in this mindset of servanthood, focus on:
- Stewardship over Ownership.
- Your own responsibilities over other people’s tasks.
- Your identity in Christ over your identity in the world.
- Your ministry as an opportunity over your ministry as an obligation.
The wonderful lesson of washing others’ feet symbolizes our serving others with humility and without imposing our own conditions. Jesus tells us to emulate His actions in this simple ceremony: “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you” (John 13:15). Then He shows us the results of a selfless, serving attitude: “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them” (John 13:17).