I feel as if I just arrived Cordoba, but it has already been 8 weeks! Between learning Spanish, serving with Christ for the City, and enjoying the Argentinean culture, time has truly flown by. The relationships I have met here will last me a lifetime and I am going to soak up the rest of the time I have with these friends! Late night dinners, futbol games, and daily adventures through the city have grown relationships with many friends here. My Cordobian family (the Riccas) have been so hospitable and make me feel so welcome in their family. Thankful for them everyday!
Out of the many lessons I have learned this trip, humbly serving has been the greatest thus far. A verse that has been a reminder of Christ’s attitude on service is Matthew 20:26-28 “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many”. Summed up, leaders are servants and to be first, one must become a slave. This seems like a paradox at first, but Christ proved the opposite. In John 13, Jesus served humbly in washing his disciples feet. Back then, I doubt they had nice Nike shoes with footies to cover their feet and protect them from the muddy and rough terrain. Not the case with the disciples. Their feet were more than likely terribly smelly, filthy with dirt and grime, and overall the dirtiest part of the body. They traversed all over with some worn sandals through mud and waste. Yet, Jesus (the king of the universe) decided to wash His disciples feet. He served them to be an example on how to serve and states in John 13:15 “I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.” His raw and simple display of service is an example I have tried to pursue during my time here and desire to do so for my life.
Serving is the key to leadership; no one did this better than Christ. He made the ultimate sacrifice in humbling himself to human form, taking all of our sins onto his blameless soul, and paying the price in full for all of them. He was rejected, despised, and deserted by all for our sake; the very one’s whose sin had put him on the cross. This level of service (in pursuing service and slavery rather than leadership or winning) is humility. What great humility he showed in the greatest act mankind has ever seen! He set an example for us all to follow and pursue. Christ’s example and words give me strength as I wash dishes, clean up yards, or love on people whom the world has rejected. In doing this with humility, I desire to keep acts of service between me and the Lord so as to not fall into a prideful attitude of service. I have been humbled through many interactions and have thanked the Lord for every one of them as I need to be humbled every day.
Thankful for Christ’s sacrifice 2000 years ago so I can live this life with the hope and promise of a perfect life to come! He is the definition of a servant leader in his sacrifice on the cross. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”(2 Corinthians 5:21). That is the greatest act of service, act of love, and story that has ever been.
To close, here is a video from the past 2 weeks to show you a glimpse from my days here in Cordoba! Enjoy!