Serve others at the level of their need, Jesus set the example

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John 13

12 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. 16 Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

 

All of us want to know blessing upon our lives.  When we see someone who seems especially blessed we might even wish to get near them to get some of their blessings.  At the end of the lesson on washing the disciples’ feet, Jesus told His disciples that they would blessed if they did the lesson that He taught them.  If this were just about foot washing, we would foot wash every service and would take turns doing it so that all of us would be blessed.

Christ washed their feet to teach them a lesson about serving one another.  Here was Jesus, the God of Creation, life and salvation, on His knees doing the job of a household slave.  He then tells these proud men, too proud to wash each other’s feet that day that He was teaching them a lesson by His example.  Here is the lesson: If our Master and Lord can humble Himself to serve so must we.

When we don’t want to serve God by serving someone else we make excuses for not doing it.  Quite frankly, serving others is inconvenient, costly, and humbling.  Serving someone else does not usually come at convenient time.  Think of the Good Samaritan and the priests who preceded him on the way.  We are not usually called upon to serve someone when we have nothing else to do.  But remember the lesson, if Jesus, our Lord and Master, can don the towel and wash feet on a hot day, we must do no less.  The next time you are called upon to serve someone, do so for Jesus’ sake.

Thank you, thank you for your prayers for my trip.  What a great time enjoying the fruit of our labors from twenty years ago!  God is using Keith and Janice Boss in St. John, New Brunswick to lead a church into its next chapter of ministry.  I spoke seven times in five days and loved every minute of it!  To get a glimpse of the church in Saint John or to hear the sermons, go to http://fundamentalbaptistchurch.org

Thanks to all who worked to bring the service here at Grace for Life on Sunday.  I heard that God was exalted and that His word was brought forth.  Thanks to Dave and Mary Davis, dear friends of our congregation, for coming.  And thanks to Mike Sell who agreed to lead the music at the last minute when the one who had agreed felt his voice was not able to do so.  Again, God was exalted and the service exalted the Savior. 

Remember that this Friday night from 7-10 we are having a special prayer time.  This is not a three hour prayer meeting but it is a three hour time of confession, meditation, song, and prayer with prayer being the emphasis.  Our church and our country are in desperate need of the intercession of the God of heaven.  We will be invoking God to do His work in very hard hearts. 

Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

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