Like Jesus: Movie Stars with Dish Rags

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” (Philippians 2:5-7)

It’s the President bussing tables at McDonald’s for the summer. It’s Queen of England working in the nursery by herself on Sunday mornings. It’s Miley Cyrus cleaning the toilets at your school every afternoon.

steps_350Rich people. Powerful people. Popular people. They don’t have to do those things. If they’re kind of cool, we think, maybe they’ll pitch in on some mundane task once in a while. But honestly, if any of those people did any of those things for real — for more than a month or two — we’d probably respect them less. Why do it if you don’t have to?

Jesus didn’t come to demand our respect for His power or riches or authority. He came to be a servant. A real “let me get that for you” servant even though He was God. I admire Him for that, but I don’t really want to be like Him in that way. Not really. Not in serving you. I need a heart transplant.

Think: Do you want to be like Jesus in serving others? Why is it so hard for us to want to be like Him in that way?

Pray: Ask God to help you to want to be a servant in the same way that Jesus was.

Do: Make a short list of some ways you could serve your friends this week.