24 A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. (Luke 22:24 – 27)
There are many memorable events associated with the Thursday of Passover week. The Last Supper, Jesus washing the disciples’ feet, and Jesus praying in Gethsemane come to mind. A common theme in these events is the selfless love Jesus displays. Sometimes this love is displayed through service and in the passage we will consider today, Jesus emphasizes the importance of service. The story from the Gospel of Luke highlights one of the reasons why I love Jesus with a passion. He embodies humble service in a way that is so inspirational and counter-cultural that it is a constant source of conviction.
While the world is hooked on social hierarchy, special privileges for the rich, and deferential treatment for the powerful, Jesus who by right should be the most exalted, chooses to wait tables and wash feet (John 13). Jesus simply does not value people the way we typically do. He doesn’t value people based on economic status, social status, political affiliation, titles or other typical forms of demographic distinctions. He would care just as much for the poorest person afflicted with Covid-19 as he would for a prime minister. As believers, we are expected to adopt His mindset (Philippians 2: 5 – 8).
The world is desperately in need of humble service and we are God’s delegates.
Please prayerfully read the passage above and consider the question and suggestion below.
- How are you inspired by the way Jesus demonstrated love through humble service?
- Spend some time in prayer. Examine your attitude towards service compared to Jesus’ attitude and seeks God’s direction and guidance.