I used to receive tapes of sermons from the Southern Hills Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas. When Rick Atchley began his lesson he would lead the congregation in singing, “Make me a servant, Lord, Make me like you.” Every Sunday this church sang make me a servant.
What is a servant? Well, that’s easy, it’s someone who serves. Someone who serves others. But, isn’t it true that you can serve and grumble? Serve because it’s your job not because it’s your love. To serve is one thing. To willingly serve is another. To serve those who have less, voluntarily, denotes an attitude of heart. We often hear the expression, “a servant’s heart.” This means the one who serves in humility not out of necessity.
Jesus washed the disciples’ feet. He was the teacher, they the students. By cultural right they should have washed his feet. Strangely, they did not. Peter clues us in on what was proper protocol when he refused to have his feet washed. It just wasn’t socially correct. Peter knew that he was at fault for not being the foot washer. He knew he was supposed to be in the role of servant not the one being served.
Jesus had the servant’s heart. He said once, “For the son of man came not to be served but to serve.” To be like Jesus is to be a server and not a servee (created a word). When the foot washing was over Jesus told them, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” What did he mean? I think he was saying, I’m the Lord and you’re my servants. Your job is to follow me. I am your Lord but I served you. You must serve others. Jesus gave an example. Examples are to be followed.
If you are a follower of Jesus then you have to be a servant. The willing kind. The humble kind. The heart felt kind. Pray with me, “Lord, make me a servant, Lord, Make me like you.”