Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Humbly Serve Others in Jesus' Name

“Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.”
Exodus 2:17 NIV http://bible.com/111/exo.2.17.niv

Moses has just arrived in Midian after fleeing Egypt and the consequences of his murdering an Egyptian. He rests at a well and Jethro's daughters arrive to water their father's flock. About that time, some unruly shepherds come along and look to make sport of these girls. 

In that day, it wasn't unusual for men to take advantage of women. Law enforcement was simply men of character standing up against more wicked men. Moses' sense of justice gave him resolve to do just that here.

What stood out to me was that Moses seems to regularly want to fight injustice. 

His killing the Egyptian earlier was because he was beating a Hebrew slave treating him like a worthless possession instead of a human being. He saw the injustice in this too.

His defending Jethro's daughters was to protect them from the shepherds who were wanting to harm them. 

Then we see a more humble side. Moses serves these girls beyond protecting them. He waters their flock. That was no easy job in the heat of the day.


Moses, we later learn, is known for his humility. He is a man who learns to fully trust and obey the Lord. 

So how does he live? He humbly serves God and people.

And so must we. 

Jesus' version of this was most visible when he washed the disciples feet like a lowly, Gentile slave. The Jews wouldn't even ask their Jewish servants to wash feet. Yet Jesus chose to wash theirs on the night of his betrayal. Then he told them to go and do likewise. Humbly serve others in his name.

Humbly serve others in Jesus' name. That's our job. That's what we "get" to do!

Lord, forgive our spiritual arrogance. We talk about walking humbly with our God but resist actually serving others--especially the least, the last and the lost. 

Forgive us and fill us with your Spirit so that we'll more faithful live as Moses and Jesus did. In Jesus' name we pray, amen.