Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
There's a TV Show that I have watched, mainly because I was bored, called Dirty Jobs. In the show the host goes all over the world and works these dirty jobs. Now I don't mind getting dirty, but there are somethings that I just don't think I could do. I don't remember the episodes or where he was at, but there were a few episodes that made me think, "Who wants to do that?" or "They would have to pay me six figures to get me to do that job." I just wouldn't do it without a substantial salary.
There's not really a problem with being unable to do those things. Some people just can't handle it. The problem is when we say that we are unwilling to do certain things for certain people. Some Christians are unwilling to serve in certain areas or for certain people. We have a tendency to be afraid to get dirty. We feel like if we go to them and try to reach out to them, that their sin might get on us. But it's not just sinners we don't like; it's other Christians. We get around people that we don't like because of race, difference of opinion, past sins, etc... We just don't treat them the same. We are unwilling to do anything for them. Someone asks us to look past it and serve, and we say, "I will never do that!"
Jesus never turned anyone away. He was a servant. He even told His disciples that the greatest among them would be a servant. He called them to serve and He calls us to serve. And Jesus didn't just call people to serve; He was a servant! This time of year we remember Jesus' resurrection. But we also tend to remember the Lord's Supper as well, where Jesus washed the disciples' feet. The disciples were in awe of this. Peter wasn't going to let Him do it. He knew that Jesus shouldn't have to wash their feet, but that they should all be washing His. But He gave this as an example saying, "If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet." If Jesus was a servant, and we call ourselves Christians, or Christ-like, then we ought to be servants as well.
Paul wrote in Philippians that Jesus wasn't so proud, though He had every right to be, that He wouldn't let go of glory and put on flesh. He took off His honor and glory, and He put on our weak decaying flesh. He was obedient, and He humbled Himself even unto death. But it wasn't just any death. His death was a dishonoring one. Jesus literally was willing to serve us all though He didn't have to. He could've just left us on our own, but He didn't. If Jesus was willing to give everything for us. Who are we to say that we have nothing at all to give to others?
What won't you do? What is beneath you? These things are hindrances in your walk with God. Not that we all have to go out and find a homeless person and actually take time with them, but if you encountered someone like that, would you be willing? Jesus doesn't call us to do it all, He calls us to be willing to give it all. Not that He wants it all, but He wants your willing heart. So are you willing to give it all, or are there things that you won't do, places you won't go, people you won't touch? We all need to take time regularly to look inside and make sure we are truly willing to serve God with everything that we have and everything that we are.