After supper, Jesus 'got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron. Then he poured water into a basin and begin to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with his apron.' (Book of John, Chapter 13)
Now stop, we got to stop here for awhile. This is not right. This is Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Even if you didn't believe him as your Lord and Savior, most probably everyone who know him either from watching National Geography, Websites, reading the Bible, History channel etc. will have to agree with me that he is exists and was walking on earth long time ago and most probably recognizes him as a great leader, superb master teacher, a man of wisdom and perhaps a prophet.
So, what in the world Jesus, high profile figure in the history ever wash the feet of his disciples? To make the matter worst, 'In the society of the time foot washing was reserved for the lowliest of menial servants.'(Quote from The MacArthur study Bible) He did a lowers of the lowliest job done by high of the highest reputation person in the world. It's like saying President Obama washing his office boy's feet in the White House or like saying that our Prime Minister (Please don't sue me) after lunch wash every cabinets member's feet during Parliament meeting ... but this are such a weak examples. Jesus is setting an example for us to follow, he is 'speaking' by his actions: serve others.
In my almost 3 years experience in Customer Service Industry either from ordinary staff to leadership positions, we can almost identified with the statements such as;
"I don't want to serve that old nagging woman" (only serve that we like)
"That fuzzy customer always bring trouble around here, I don't want to serve him" (serve as long as no 'problem' ahead)
"Oh! That's my friends... hide me now, I don't want them to know that I'm working here" (don't want to serve because it will effect one reputation)
If serving is hard to do for you (It is sometime very hard for me too), just remember that; we serve God if we serving others. For Christian readers, if Jesus is our Lord and Savior bend down His knee, 'got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron. Then he poured water into a basin and begin to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with his apron', how much more we ought to serve one another?
Who will you serve this week? Ask God to bring to mind someone you should serve this week, and ask him what you should do for that person. (Even doing small stuffs such as buys a chewing gum for your friend, cleaning toilet, make a coffee etc) Then do it! Serving is the best job in the Universe because Jesus did it.
Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. (Martin Luther King Jr.)
Who will you serve this week?