Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
Scripture: Matthew 23: 1-12
Key verses: (11-12) The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.
Reflection: At Christmas, we cannot help but think about those who go without. Soup Kitchens often have an abundance of volunteers on the holidays and no one serving on a Tuesday in March. Serving is different from being a servant. A servant washes the feet of one’s guests instead of rushing to the head of the table. A servant puts aside the lecture and washes dishes beside the child who always forgets their chores. At a party, a servant takes notice of the one in the room who is uncomfortable and brings them into the inner circle. Being a servant is less about doing tasks and more about being present with and for one another. Every day. Not just at Christmas.
If we really want to know how to be a servant, look at the life of Jesus. In the beginning, God moved into the neighborhood. (John 1:14) God meets us where we are. Maybe we can begin meeting others right where they are, becoming a servant to all.
Prayer: Living among us, Jesus loved us. He broke bread with sinners and those who lived on the margins. Lord, enable me to live the life of a servant, full of humility and love. Amen.
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].