The prophet Micah well expressed the nature of true service for God in the following statement (6:8): "What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" Jesus exemplified this requirement for true service throughout his entire career. His whole ambition was to glorify God, and to bless and serve his fellow men.

How beautifully this is illustrated in his meeting with the disciples just before his betrayal by Judas Iscariot. It is recorded that the Master took off his garments, girded himself with a towel in the manner of a lowly servant, and then washed his disciples' feet. Having completed this ceremony, he said (John 13:13-15): "Ye call me Master and Lord: ... If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you."

In this experience we find a glorious symbol of true Christian service. Today business executives and their employees, parents and children in the home, teachers and pupils in schools, and officers and members of churches must learn to wash one another's feet. In other words, they must be willing to help and serve each other, regardless of rank or material possessions, nationality or creed, and base all their actions on the recognition of the spiritual equality and brotherhood of God's ideas.

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