In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Friday August 19, 2005

An Example of Service

Philippians 2:1-7

 

Jesus defied the world’s expectations of a divine being. Many Jewish people of that time were looking for a powerful king who would liberate them by conquering the Romans. They were prepared to worship and serve that kind of messiah. Instead, the Savior was a humble man who didn’t think twice about washing dirty feet. While Jesus Christ could have banished the Romans from the region and been glorified as an earthly ruler, He was very clear about His reason for being here: He came to serve, not to be served. (Matthew 20:28)

 

In fact, Paul refers to Jesus as the lowest form of worker—a bondservant. This type of laborer was responsible for the menial household tasks, including foot washings. Christ came into the world prepared to do whatever work was necessary to move men toward a saving knowledge of Himself. He values every soul. Zacchaeus, the despised tax collector, received His love and attention just as the rich young ruler and the Pharisee Nicodemus did. (Luke 19:1-10, Luke 18:18-25, John 3:1-8) Jesus also spent time with people on the lowest rung of the social ladder, healing the sick and afflicted, and speaking with children.

 

A servant’s life is not self-centered but rather is focused on God and His work. The Bible calls us to serve the Father by following in the Son’s footsteps. Believers would never call Jesus weak, but those who chase after the world’s version of success probably would. Are you prepared to challenge our culture’s idea of power by accepting the humble position of servant? 

 

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