Serving. It's hard. It's uncomfortable. It's not natural.
Okay, so maybe as women we are more natural at serving in our roles of wife or mother. But don't tell me it's easy to serve when you feel like you are doing everything while your spouse, kids or co-workers don't lend a helping hand. When it feels like you are running around 24/7 while they sit around and wait for you to do everything for them.
Me? Well, I rebel in a situation like the above. If you can do it yourself, and you are just too lazy to do it, don't expect ME to do it. Okay?!
But is that what Jesus would expect of me?
Here are a few passages that talk about serving, working.
You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.
And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
Yes, God expects us to humble ourselves and serve others. To help others in need. I'm just not sure that includes waiting on someone like a slave.
I'm making this an issue of prayer. If you have any opinions, why not leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
One thing I have realised by doing just a teensy bit of research, is that Jesus took on the role of a slave when he washed his disciples' feet. That was something the slave of the household usually did. Food for thought!
*Scripture references from the New Living Translation