No slave is greater than his master, and no messenger is greater than the one who sent him. John 13:16
Just the day before Passover Festival, Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world, the end of his mission from the Father. So he demonstrated an act which was the greatest lesson for those who were chosen to carry out in their responsibilities as followers of Christ.
Leadership in example and by example! He took off his outer garment, and tied a towel round his waist. Then he poured some water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel.
Jesus knew that his apostles were the ones who would influence the world in the future. So he set them this example of leadership to love one another with brotherly love in work with action. To serve is to ignore one’s identity in service and strip away personal position, personal reputation and even personal behavior. Jesus showed all these on himself by taking off his outer garment in action. Action and faith work together.
Action speaks louder than words and our words need our action behind them. Only then, the effect will rise.
A servant never does things for free and his master would surely reward him. A servant is suppose to wait on his master and carry out his order. Therefore it is appropriate to serve one another with love as humble servants, for Paul always claimed himself as an apostle and servant of Christ.
A service carried out humbly with love reflected Jesus, as he said, ” I come not to be serve but to serve. I am the servant of servants. ”
It is truly blessed to have a servant’s heart.