Bible Verse: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)

James was disappointed.

The counter between the kitchen and the dining room separated the volunteers from the homeless and the hungry. He had come to interact with the poor, to join with them, not simply to serve them their meal. That kind of serving, the kind that clearly differentiated the givers from the getters with a barrier in between – this could not possibly be a picture Jesus would paint, but would be more akin to Pharisee artwork — “Us and Them”.

Holding back until all the spots were filled— juice & coffee, meat, potatoes, vegetables, gravy, bread and butter, with no more available ladles to be manned, behind aluminum serving pans full of steaming food, James was free. What kind of hosts would we be if we didn’t have a greeter anyway?

Breaching the barrier, my son went out among the poor, the hungry, the unkempt, and he became one with them. With a smile and a handshake, he gave gifts of warmth to the women, and respect to the men. I brought my 13-year-old with me to teach him about serving the homeless. Instead he taught me about loving men and women created in the image of God.

— Terence Rolston, President, Focus on the Family Canada

Further Reading: Philippians 2:1-18

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