“…rather, He made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness” (Phil. 2:7).
In a world of Twitter and Instagram handles, nicknames are in abundance. Some nicknames are fun. Some nicknames describe a person. Some nicknames are mean. But there’s no denying there’s a lot of nicknames and Twitter handles in the world.
What’s interesting is that we can become known by these nicknames. Sure…our parents (hopefully) spent some time deciding on our name. But our nicknames and handles can eventually be what we are known by.
There was an interesting story about Kevin Durant on ESPN.com a few weeks ago. Kevin Durant is one of the 3 best players in the NBA. Some would argue he is the best player in the NBA right now. He has a few nicknames: KD (the most prominent), the Slim Reaper, The Durantulla (I gave him that one). In the article, Kevin Durant talks about his nicknames. He says he doesn’t really like any of them (I can’t believe he didn’t like mine…), and wants to give himself a new nickname: The Servant. When asked why he would choose The Servant, Durant said, “I like to serve everybody. My teammates. Ushers at the game. The fans.” From what I’ve read and heard about Kevin Durant, his statement is true. He really enjoys serving others.
I love the fact that a high profile athlete desires to serve others, even people most would overlook. And it reminds us that being a servant should be one of the things that we, as God’s children, are known for as well.
The reason we should be known as servants is pretty simple: our Lord was a servant. Paul says of Jesus in Philippians 2 that “…He made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant…” The King of Kings, creator of the universe, God in the flesh, became a servant. It was His mission on this earth: “…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).
Jesus definitely would have earned the nickname of servant by His actions in John 13. It was the night He was going to be betrayed by Judas, arrested, and then crucified the next day. And what’s on His mind? Serving.
Jesus rises up from dinner, wraps a towel around His waist, and one by one begins to wash the disciples’ feet. After he sat back down, he said these words to His disciples:
“Do you understand what I have done for you? You call me ‘Teacher” and “Lord”, and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should washed one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”
What a scene. The Savior of the world on his hands and knees washing the feet of men he would die for in just a few hours. Even Judas, who would betray him within the next couple hours.
What’s the point? If we want to be like Jesus, we should serve. Not out of obligation, but out of our love for Jesus. But not only serve, serve everyone. Those who have treated us fairly and unfairly. Those who love us and those who betray us. Because that’s what Jesus did. And I hope that’s who you want to be like.
So what do people know you for? Would they ever pick “The Servant” as your nickname? I hope so. If not, today is a good day to start earning that nickname. So don’t change your Twitter handle. Just change your life. — Eric
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