It is always a great reminder to me of pridefulness on my part. Matthew 20:28, He came “not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” The humility expressed by Jesus’ act with the towel and basin foreshadowed His ultimate act of humility and love on the cross.
Today, we are reminded that we, too, have been placed on the earth as servants. In Titus 1, "Doulos" is a Greek word in the Bible with only one valid historical option for accurate translation into English, which is a slave. It means to be owned by someone for a lifetime. When Paul referred to himself as a "bondservant," it lets you know he expected nothing in return. He would serve his master, "The Lord," without expecting what he could or would do for him. I frequently think when we serve the Lord, we always expect something in return. We may not even realize we have this assumption. Walking through the grief of my daddy, I found this to be accurate of myself. In my heart, in parts I didn't know existed, I truly felt my dad would be healed because he was such a loyal servant, and I was bitter when it did not happen. The truth I now know in my heart and had always had head knowledge of is we aren't promised another hour or minute on this earth no matter what we are doing for the Lord. We aren't serving him for rewards here. The only thing we are promised is an eternal home at the end of our earthly journey, precisely what the Lord provides. May we always remember the serving example of Paul and most importantly, our Savior, as he humbled himself at the feet of his disciples, who were so unworthy, to wash their feet. EVEN the one who would ultimately betray him.