…he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant… Philippians 2:7a (NIV)
“I did not come here to be fulfilled but to serve my Lord, and he is always faithful.”
My friend George, missionary to the Philippines, wrote the above words after being diagnosed with a chronic illness that is painful and limiting. Yet George is not identified by his illness but by his irrepressible joy and his deep love for others and his Lord.
I read this morning in The Message that if we want to go with Jesus, we have to let him lead, that the only way to find our true self is self sacrifice (not self-help). I think this is what George is talking about.
Loving Father, your Son who knelt to wash dirty feet, who reached out to touch the least among us, gave himself that we might be free to serve. Give us a servant’s heart that in serving we might be like him. In Jesus’ name. Amen.