Every time I see a school of fish I feel called to the ministry of fishing. But once they are caught I’m sure I’m not called to the ministry of gutting and scaling. Every time I encounter the savoury smell of freshly cooked pizza I feel a call to the ministry of eating. But once the pizza is devoured I’m sure I’m not called to the ministry of cleaning the dishes.
I guess it gets down to the real meaning of what is a call, in contrast to what is the humble obedience of one who claims to be a servant of the Lord. Jesus set an example by washing the dirty, smelly feet of his disciples. Was it Jesus’ call to ministry? Was it his opportunity to minister a great spiritual gift given by his Father in heaven? Some might say it was; some might disagree. But what is sure, is that it was an example for every disciple of his to follow. Jesus said, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you should also wash one another’s feet. I have set an example that you should do as I have done” (John 13:14-15).
In the local house of God there are many jobs that need to be done that could be equated to washing feet. We all recognise those within our church family who have the heart of a servant because of their
willingness to serve in the least desirable areas. It is what the servant heart of Jesus looks like when it is incarnated in our flesh. Is this a reflection of your heart?