It was a cold, dreary night. The rain that had been pouring during the whole day created an atmosphere of gloominess. I was still far from home and thus, I decided to stop and get a Starbucks coffee on the NJ Turnpike. As I placed my order I saw this big smile on the server's face saying: "How can I serve you tonight?" I placed my traditional order and I kept driving for the next few hours. However, the gloominess of the weather seemed to have disappeared. One single smile and a person willing to serve changed all of that.
When we think of Jesus we remember that he often said to his disciples that he did not come to be served, but to serve. On Maundy Thursday (the word comes from the Latin word mandatum, which in English means commandment, for at that time he gave them the commandments to love one another as he loved them) he explained that while He is the Lord, by the action of washing their feet he set an example of servanthood. The washing of the weary, stinky feet was relegated to the lowest servant, yet Jesus is taking that position. He concludes the washing of the apostles' feet by saying: "Now that you know these things, blessed are you if you do them."
Serving people is a difficult job. Recently, we have seen a decrease in the rental cars because they are not being cleaned adequately. Some people dread going to hospitals which have become places where lots of sicknesses reside because medical instruments and rooms are not cleaned properly. Often the people that serve us are nameless – we do not take time to listen when they introduce themselves and as a result we are surprised when we hear customers call their servers "girl" or "boy."
Apostle Paul, who spent almost two years in the Corinthian Church writes to them: "After all, children should not have to spend for their parents, but parents for their children. So I would gladly spend for you everything that I have and expand myself as well." (2 Corinthians 12:14-16).
All of us are familiar with the concepts IQ (Intelligence Quotient) and EQ (Emotional Quotient). Many of us have taken many tests to show how intelligent we are or emotionally balanced we are. I was thinking that we should develop an SQ (Servanthood Quotient) which will measure how gladly we serve others in the name of Jesus Christ. Testing ourselves in this area we will find how close we have come to the example of Jesus Christ.
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