Jesus knew that the hour was upon him when he would be handed over and led to his very painful death on the cross.
Can you imagine what would be going through your mind in those moments?
Could you honestly think of anything or anyone else?
Could you knowingly be hours from your own death and still have the presence of mind to make sure you set one final example for those you were leading?
Check out what he does on his final night with his followers:
It’s been said that humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. In his most difficult moments, Jesus controlled his own mind enough to consider the needs of others. Can we do that?
If you and I knew that we were about to be tortured, could we do that?
Thinking of others is tough enough in the good times, but in the tough times?
In your worst moments, who are you thinking of most?
That’s how it is with all of us. Not so with Jesus.
Struggles didn’t stop him from serving.
All followers of Jesus face struggles.
That is no reason to stop serving.
To follow him well, we must become servants regardless of our circumstances.
Going through a challenge? Serve.
Been down on your luck? Serve.
Struggling in your marriage?
Singleness got you in your feelings?
Job situation looking bad?
Family on the struggle bus?
You are probably tempted to focus on the trials in front of you.
But if you are a follower of Jesus, he would tell you to think of others.
Put them first.
It’s amazing what serving does to the anxiety caused by our problems.
It’s like medicine for our souls and Jesus knew that his followers needed to see that medicine in action in his life.
In his worst moments, he thought of them and served.
Who can you serve today?