Jesus came to earth as a humble babe. He came in obedience to His Father. He came as a teacher to the world–He was our perfect example. And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. Matthew 23:10. He didn’t come to collect riches, live a life of ease, or to be served. No…He came to serve others and to make disciples. –just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28. But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. Matthew 23:11.
Jesus was willing to humble Himself, to wash the feet of His disciples. The very same feet that had been clad in sandals…the ones that had dirt and grime…and animal waste. Yes, filthy, dirty, stinky feet! So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. John 13:1217
Jesus our Savior–GOD–came to serve (work) others. Therefore, we should choose to view the work that the Lord has given us as an act of worship, rather than, drudgery. When we do our job with a cheerful spirit…as a means to love others, we will be an example to the world. Working with an attitude of joy, not complaint or resentment will produce a spirit of peace and gratitude, which may, lead others to want what we have…A Savior! We are in essence disciple making. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19
Jesus tells us the greatest commandment is, –‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37-39. First we are to love the Lord with all your heart, mind, and soul, and second we are to love our neighbor. When we serve our neighbor as if working for the Lord, we are ultimately loving our neighbor and our Lord.
It matters not what work the Lord has given to us…we must remember we are working for the Lord. Severing the elderly in a nursing home can show the love of Christ. Food service work, done with a smile can brighten someone’s day. In the office you can be the one bright spot in someone’s life. Remember when we are working as to the Lord, we are ultimately, doing, it to Jesus. And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did to one of the least of these My Brethren, you did it to Me.’ Matthew 25:40
Work as for the Lord!
Count blessings, Kasey