The Nature of a Servant

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death even death on the cross. Philippians 2:5–8

“Put… the… diaper… down.” I slowly turned to see my husband standing in the doorway, but even then the haze was so thick in my brain I couldn’t register what he had said. He came to me and took the soggy diaper from my frozen fingers, throwing it away and gently moving me away from the baby. Carly was crying again, it was 2:00am and I was beyond tired. I let my husband take care of the baby as I shuffled back to bed.

The loss of sleep, the constant baby and toddler needs and the mundane sameness of each day had taken their toll on me. I didn’t particularly feel like a good mom, I just felt numb.

What was wrong with me? I saw other mothers out there, with a baby in a front back and little ones in tow, full of energy and seeming to be getting lots done.

My house was a mess, the laundry looked like Mount Everest and my grocery list was three feet long. I felt like crying, which wouldn’t be the first time since Carly was born. I lay in bed feeling sorry for myself, thinking of all the things I used to do before kids. When I heard a still small voice in my head.

“This too shall pass, but right now I’m teaching you about sacrifice, about learning to put aside your rights and your wants for someone else. This is a very important lesson one of the most important lessons you must learn as a follower of Jesus. My Son did this for you and He wants you to do it for others.”

Okay, maybe I didn’t hear all those words exactly, but that’s what I walked away with. There’s a purpose for times of mundane service, for changing diapers, doing laundry and cleaning the house. Jesus is teaching us to be more like Him. Our acts of sacrifice for others will change over the years, but the teaching and principal remain the same.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for growing your children up, for helping us to be people of depth and love. Bless us and teach us to serve and sacrifice for others, just as you did. We love you Lord. In Jesus name. Amen.

4 thoughts on “The Nature of a Servant

  1. Linda, I felt like I was back in those child rearing days. It was just like you said and I felt the same way. The only reason I survived it all was that God was with me and He lifted my head when I could not ( Psalm 3: 3-5). Taking care of a child (s) or a person who is aging teaches us much the same lesson in serving as Christ served us. Blessings, Susan

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