Of all that Jesus did during his time on earth, his most important ministry to this world was a single and supreme act of service.
God in the flesh willingly gave himself up to face a humiliating death on a cross as a final, atoning sacrifice for our sin.
Just before He went to the cross, He had a meal with his disciples, during which time He rose from the table and silently washed the filthy feet of each one of them.
When He finished, He said “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 wash one another’s feet” (John 13:13-14 ESV).
Jesus didn’t simply talk about how to live the way God calls us to live. He lived it.
He lived it out faithfully, even amid the most trying times, all the way to the end and called each of his followers to learn by his example.
If God humbled himself to wash the feet of man; if He humbled himself to willingly die for those who oppose him, how can we not respond in thankful obedience when He calls us to a life of service?