John 13:4-5 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
Serving is not an easy lesson to learn. But it is a lesson which we must learn if ever we would become like our Master.
Jesus did not come to be served but to serve. He served to the uttermost, just as He loved to the uttermost.
Any service that needed to be done for another He did as naturally and as simply as He breathed!
He loved people, and was interested in them and was ready always to be helpful to them.
It never mattered what the service was, whether it was the saving of a soul, the curing of a grievous sickness, or washing feet-He did the least service as graciously and as divinely as the greatest!
The washing of feet was the lowliest service any man could do for another. It was the work of the lowliest slave. Yet Jesus without hesitation, did this service for His own disciples.
Thus He taught them that nothing anyone may ever need to have done by another is unfit for the holiest hands.
We begin to be like Christ only when we begin to love others enough to serve them, regardless of the lowliness of the particular service.
One day a stranger entered an artist's studio in Milan. The artist was working on a painting of the head of Christ and appeared to take no notice of the stranger. At last he broke the silence, looked at the man and asked, "Sir, does it look like Jesus or not?"
There is no surer test of the genuineness of Christian life than in this matter of serving others.
In serving others, we should inquire, "Am I like Jesus or not?"
We are too careful of our dignity. When we see the Son of God washing His disciples' feet we should be ashamed ever to ask whether anything another may need to have done is too menial for us to do.
A king may do the lowliest kindness to the poorest peasant in his realm and his honor will only be enhanced by it.
Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet you also should wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example that you also should do, just as I have done for you." John 13:14, 15
~J. R. Miller~