I like to watch this series on youtube where the CEO of a company disguises himself as a worker. He visits the branches of his company in the disguised form and searches for what are some of the loops in the company and how the customers are treated. At the end of the tour, the CEO meets some of the employees that stood out (positive or negative way) and rewards/reprimand them whichever they deserve. At this moment, the employees are made aware of who he disguised himself as and what lessons he was teaching them or he learnt himself.
Many a times we tend to be proud when our status changes. With a little influence and power, we tend to see every other person as “a non-entity”. Despising them and disregarding their essence, competence and contributions, we tend to manipulate the others to want to achieve our goal. But does it actually achieve the goal? It most often than not creates confusion and disturbs the relationship that should foster productivity.
But I love what Jesus did. Jesus knew that His time had come and was about to leave. Having also known that the Father had given all things to Him and that He had come from God and is going back to God set a very good example for them. What did He do?, you may ask.
… laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.John 13:4-5 (NKJV)
The precedence of his example enumerates his position, value and possessions. This made him a Master over everything. But he gets up (disregards position), laid aside his garments ( puts aside his possessions) and takes up a towel and gets himself ready for action. He then starts washing the feet of the disciples, an act reserved for the slaves. He learnt to share his essence with them by sacrificing his position and possessions to teach them what it means to be a blessing to others.
When we want to show forth our value by flaunting our position and possessions, we miss the intended goal. Possession and position is readily seen and catches people momentarily, but values (character) gets people to stick with you permanently. A golden heart is that which sees people and treats them with respect irrespective of what they have or are. Have the heart of a servant.
I pray that God will open our eyes to see people the way Christ sees them. And that irrespective of our possessions, we will continually acknowledge the call of God over our lives. Amen!