Scripture: John 12:1-8|
'Brother, sister, let me serve
let me be as Christ to you . . .'
So we sometimes sing, and I find the hymn deeply
moving. But deep down I find it hard to let others serve me.
By temperament and upbringing I am ready to be a good Samaritan,
meeting others' needs without thanks or reward. I have taken the
story of Jesus washing the disciples' feet to heart, and know the
secret of true greatness. Why is it that I feel uncomfortable
when another goes out of his or her way to show me unexpected kindness?
You were content to let others serve you. The woman at the well
drew water to slake your thirst. Martha toiled in the kitchen
while you talked with Mary. A woman anointed you with spikenard
and bathed your feet. At the end an African toiled up Golgotha
carrying your cross.
- Is it perhaps because I don't want to be beholden to them?
- Am I so self-sufficient that, while they need my help, I
myself can go it alone?
Were you demeaned by their service?
Lord, I acknowledge that I am not sufficient on my own.
I want to stand on my own feet and not be a burden, but grant me the
wisdom to know when to serve others selflessly, and when to reach out
for help, how to let another supplement my weakness, how to
swallow my pride and allow another to 'be Christ to me'.
- Sometimes I need to share some burden with an understanding
friend, or seek counsel.
- Sometimes my strength does not match my responsibilities and I need to
ask for help.
- Sometimes those around me need to be allowed to minister to me without
my pride getting in the way.
© Selwyn Dawson