Original Posting At http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2018/10/jesus-paid-our-dues.html
“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV)
My father is a podiatrist; he heals hurting feet for a living. When I was in college, I needed to earn some money, so dad invited me to come work in his office for the summer. I pictured myself happily typing letters, answering phones, and taking long lunches. Instead, I was given the unpleasant tasks of washing dirty feet and clipping gnarly toenails. As if that wasn’t enough, my dad also expected me to show up early to wash windows and clean toilets — something the other office girls never did. “Don’t they have janitors for that sort of thing?” I argued, thinking I was above that job. I guess my father wanted me to learn that I had to pay my dues in the work world so I’d grow into a productive adult.
God the Father created heaven and earth, and He heals hurting hearts for a living. His Son wanted to join the family business, and do you know what? He washed feet, too! And He touched lepers. Slept without a bed. And if that were not enough, He endured the shame of the Cross, descended to the lower parts of the earth, and then ascended far above the heavens. Jesus paid the dues for all of humanity’s sin so we could grow into mature Christians.
— Lenya Heitzig and Penny Pierce Rose in “Pathway to God’s Treasure: Ephesians”