My heart grumbles as I do the dishes by myself while my husband watches TV in the other room. I bang the cabinet doors just a little louder as I dramatically rush into the family room to grab the crying baby he seems to be ignoring. He knows I’m ticked, so he offers an explanation, “I’m sorry. I had a long day at work today. I was going to get him.”
I return to the kitchen with a baby on my hip only to continue angrily through my chores. “Serve me!” my sinful flesh silently demands. And so I stomp and stew and steep away all the eternal rewards God would have given me had I only served with a pure heart. But I don’t. No where near it.
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28 (NIV)
And thus, I miss the point.
It’s really quite tragic. My attitude says that, somehow, I’m greater than Jesus. That I SHOULD be served. It says that shaming my husband (whom I love?) today is worth more to me than treasures in heaven.
The truth is, the very opportunity to serve is a gift from God because of the possibility for a future harvest of righteousness.
For it is God who gives seed to the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will give you many opportunities to do good, and he will produce a great harvest of righteousness in you.” 2 Corinthians 9:10 (NIV)
Why is it so much easier to wash everyone’s feet but his? I take him for granted.
So, let’s not do that, shall we? Let’s work hard, serve humbly, give up our rights, and show true, selfless and godly love to our husbands this week.
And when we don’t feel that our husbands are worthy, let’s do it for the glory and pleasure of God.
Let’s be like Christ, for He humbled Himself. He became like us, washed our feet, and ultimately laid down His life.
After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel…[then he said,] “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” John 13:5-17 (NIV)