“When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to Him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Today, we live in a culture and society where people demand to be served. The leader or boss expects to be served by his or her employees at the work place. The head coach expects his assistants to serve him. The guest at the restaurant expects to be served without delay by the waiter or waitress. The husband or wife expects to be served by their spouse. The child expects their parents to serve them. The list could be endless.
In the economy of God there is no rank. We are all viewed as a servant. The Apostle John can still remember Jesus, the Creator of the world, stooping down, washing and drying his feet. It left a lasting imprint on him. Peter was utterly shocked that his Master was going to wash his feet. The expectation would be the opposite. It would be like the President of a country telling the workers in the kitchen palace to take the evening off and he or she would prepare all the meals and wash all the dishes that day. It’s safe to say that wouldn’t happen today.
So what drives a person to serve others before self? More importantly, what drove Jesus to stoop down low and wash each of His disciples’ feet before they sat down to eat and fellowship together? The single word is “Love.” Love places others’ need before self. Love looks for ways to serve others.
Recently, my wife and I put this into action at a restaurant. We observed a police officer having dinner with his wife before he went on shift for the night. We wanted to show God’s love in a practical way to them by paying for their dinner. It was our way of living out what Jesus asks, and that is to “love one another.” We didn’t know them. We never met them. However, that is not what we are called to do. We are called to “love one another.”
Love is kind. Love is patient. Love isn’t boastful. Love isn’t proud. Love brings hope. Love endures. Love costs.
Simply Put: Love IS Action!
Our world and our country lack love today. I encourage you, take time today to look for ways to love others by serving your fellow man. There are opportunities all around you. Stop and look. Whether you’re the head coach, boss, leader or CEO of a company or you’re on the street in everyday life. Show God’s love in a practical way by serving, not being served. Love God! Love your neighbor—as you would love yourself!
Be Worth Being,
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 38 years, and currently serves as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall), and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga.
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