«Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. And He said to them: The kings of the Centiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them ore called benefactors: But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves” (Luke 22:24-27).
Taylor University is an interdenominational Christian institution located in Indiana (USA), which was founded in 1846. Many years ago, when there were very few international students, the university community got excited when they found out they would be receiving an African student. He was an outstanding and promising student, so the university felt honored to have him. When he arrived on campus, the president welcomed him and showed him the campus installations. At the end of their tour, after showing him the dorms, he asked the young man to choose the place he would like to live in. This was his answer:
«If there is a bedroom that nobody wants, give it to me.» Thousands of students had lived in that place; however, no one had ever made such a request; never before had such a petition been heard.
Putting the interests of other before His own was the attitude Christ used to greatness in service. Service is a combination of willingness, sacrifice, and humbleness, and being willing to ignore exhaustion, comfort, or hierarchy in order to prioritize the needs of others. In his sermon entitled In God We Trust; pastor Bryan Wilkerson proposes the following:
If there is a job nobody wants to do, let me do it.
If there is a person with whom nobody wants to dine, let me dine with that person.
If there is a piece of bread that got burnt, let me have it.
If there is a parking spot far away from the church, let me park in that spot.
If there is a problem somebody has to deal with, let me deal with it.
If there is a sacrifice somebody has to make, I’m ready to make it.
Jesus magnified greatness in service by washing His disciples’ feet before offering His life for our redemption. Let us put into practice the same attitude as Christ by encouraging this kind of greatness today.