“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” - 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
Protocol is one of the most serious issues in the management of government that there is even an office to oversee it. At a public function once I fell into in a situation where there was a mix up in following protocol; before I could realize the offended party feeling slighted by failing to mention his name earlier had stormed out of the meeting. I have run into people who were still nursing wounds because their names and position had been left out of the introductions (or mentioned at the bottom) long after the event. Perhaps, this is why some people decide to limit themselves to “All protocol observed” before they delve into public speeches.
Among the disciples Jesus was at the head of the team. When people are at the head of protocol they expect to be served. But just before he was offered up to the Romans he startled his disciples by bending down to wash their feet. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you” (John 13: 13- 15).
Protocol has its place especially in the running of organizations. However, if one is so taken up with it, then it can prove a stumbling block, to serving one another. For the one at head must always expect to be waited upon by following the right protocol. And there are those who once at as heads the day they lose the big position that used to make all stop in difference and no one recognizes them by citing their position which is no more, they feel there are of no use anymore and are crushed. They always expected to be served. Protocol had become their master; and not service, which believers are called to.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, creator of heaven and earth, just as you bent to wash the disciples’ feet I pray I may not be taken up by my official titles or line in the queue but have a servant’s heart that puts others ahead for the last shall be first!