It struck me last night in the life group that I lead that true humble service is startling to the people being served. When you look at Peter's reaction when Jesus goes to wash his feet, he is startled and tries to resist it. Even now, in our own culture, we often find it startling when someone tries to pay us a compliment because we don't feel like we deserve their praise or appreciation. Yet on the flip side of that, it feels strange when we offer someone a compliment only to have it shot down or deflected by the person we want to receive our affirmation.
What would it look like for us to begin to be startling people. People who catch others off guard by the sheer fact that we actually want to do things for them and serve them in humble ways.
How can we go about doing that?
What are your thoughts?