Have you read how Jesus washed the feet of his followers (John 13)? They were amazed that a leader and teacher they respected so much would do the work of a servant. Peter especially couldn’t bear the thought of Jesus doing that. But Jesus insisted on washing his friends’ feet.
Jesus also said, “The servants who are ready and waiting for his return will be rewarded. I tell you the truth, he himself will seat them, put on an apron, and serve them as they sit and eat” (Luke 12:37)!
Imagine being served by Jesus. Whoa! That’s even greater than the president coming to your house and making a meal for you! If we came up with this idea ourselves, we’d be crazy! The Creator serving us? Yeah, r-i-i-i-g-h-t. But we didn’t come up with the idea–God did!
We owe him everything. He owes us nothing. But that doesn’t keep God from choosing to serve us, his servants. Jesus served us when he died for us. He said about himself, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).
As a father who loves his children goes out of his way to help them, God promises that he will always give of himself for us. Why? Because he loves us and wants to show forever his appreciation for our loyalty and service to him in this life. Does that mean we deserve God’s grace? Of course not. By definition, God’s grace is something we don’t deserve. If we deserved it, it wouldn’t be grace!
Somehow, in his great love for us, our King becomes a servant, making us, his servants, kings! Notice that he won’t merely command his other servants to serve us. He will do it himself. That’s why the grace we sing about in church is called “Amazing Grace.” If you think about it, there’s nothing more amazing than that God would love us so much.
Doesn’t that make you want to love him more and more every day?
For more information on this subject, see Randy Alcorn’s book, Heaven for Kids.