Our Lord Jesus Christ before the celebration of the Passover with His disciples, after the evening meal He washed the feet and told them: “You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” John 13: 13-17. The washing of the feet was a tradition, but it was a small, lusterless job, and when there were servants, they did it. The Lord wanted to teach them a lesson in humility. Humility is not insisting on your own rights. Perhaps the importance of being Disciples of the Lord had gone to their heads and they wanted a special treatment. The human tendency is still to give titles of honor and luster, and demands a special treatment. We are God’s messengers to a place where there are so many needs. For God work is just work, all of it is important, it must be completed. God does not grant us degrees of importance.
If as our Lord Jesus Christ suggested, we remember Who is the Master and who is the messenger we will achieve it. There is a lot of work to do, and the only thing that gives it luster is, with how much love and compassion we do it. The remuneration you receive from your earthly boss, is never sufficient when it doesn’t have God’s blessing, but when you do the work for the Lord, despite of your financial income, all your needs are met because you have His blessing. One result of the organization tables is that creates levels of importance therefore more separation. They provoke arrogance and false humility. Individually we cannot change the world, but we can change ourselves by remembering each day, Who sent us, and we do the work with that attitude, bearing in mind that the honor and glory of our effort belongs to God. We are His instruments, and as such we must make ourselves available to bring mankind His message of love. We are His mouth, His feet and His hands, we can communicate with our fellow men. For that reason, we were sent.
We wish to know God's purpose for our life, but secretly we wish that it will be something great and heroic that will makes us feel superior to others. But we are members of a body, and if we observe, there is a great variety of functions, some seem to be more important, nevertheless, they all are necessary for the optimal functioning of the body. We are part of that body and we need to exercise humility to do certain jobs that we have categorized, as small. The Apostle Paul said, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13: 1-3. So, where does greatness resides? Greatness resides in doing what God the Father sent you to do.
One purpose we all have, is to help our fellow men to reach the spiritual level that we have achieved using the gifts that God gave us. God, through the Holy Spirit who knows you perfectly, established your purpose based on your personality, assigning you something that would make you happy, because your happiness is important for God. In addition, there are lessons that at the personal level each one came to learn. The more difficult the lesson, the greater will be the grace of God to sustain you. Don’t settle for less. If you don’t have peace and you are not happy, is because you are not doing what you came to do.
“Once you accept His plan as the one function that you would fulfill, there will be nothing else the Holy Spirit will not arrange for you without your effort. He will go before you making straight your path, and leaving in your way no stones to trip on, and no obstacles to bar your way. Nothing you need will be denied you. Not one seeming difficulty but will melt away before you reach it. You need take thought for nothing, careless of everything except the only purpose that you would fulfill. As that was given you, so will its fulfillment be. God's guarantee will hold against all obstacles, for it rests on certainty and not contingency. It rests on you. And what can be more certain than a Son of God?” ACIM T.20.IV.8:4.
We have the guarantee that we will be provided with everything we need; besides we never do the work alone. God puts the means, and opens the way. He places His thoughts in our mind, He tells us what He wants us to say. We are being guided and protected at all times. Therefore, there is no need to feel uncappable or fearful. Whatever work is presented to us, let us do it with love and compassion as God is expecting. Don’t wait to see the results, just move to the next assignment and the next after that. Without attachment to the results, because they are not ours, they are of God.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10.