“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.” John 13:14,15 (ESV)
Jesus called all of His followers to the discipline of serving…not by commandment, but by example. Jesus served us in the ultimate way…He gave His life for us.
A true Christ-follower will therefore engage in the discipline of serving others.
But the discipline of service is not just for the person being served…it also benefits the person serving.
As we serve others, we receive many blessings from the Lord.
Healthcare has a wonderful legacy of serving. The vast majority of hospitals were initially started by Christians with a desire to serve those who were sick. Unfortunately, recent trends in medicine have transformed the profession from one of service into one of business.
This loss of a sense of service in medicine has caused many healthcare professionals to lose their enjoyment in the practice of medicine. Fortunately, there are many avenues that Christian healthcare professionals can use their gifts in serving others.
For example, the Christian Medical Dental Association (CMDA) is an amazing organization with Christian healthcare professionals using their God-given gifts in over 80 different ministries across the world. They have short-term medical mission trips to serve the sick in developing countries as well as a teaching ministry in which volunteers go and teach the latest developments within their field to their colleagues in various countries.
In addition, many local churches have also developed their own medical ministries in the form of free clinics, or short-term medical teams traveling across the globe.
However, healthcare professionals can also be involved in service that is not health related.
Service doesn’t have to be through a major commitment of time or effort.
Service should be something we do on a regular basis…not at the end of our professional career.
The service that Jesus performed in the verses above was to wash the feet of the disciples. Jesus humbled Himself to perform this service. We can follow this example by humbling ourselves to perform small acts of service to those around us.
We could all use an extra dose of humility…
Prayer- Lord show me how You want me to serve Your sheep!