Here To Serve…
Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible teach us, over and over, that we are to live swimming against society. That we are to serve instead of being served. We are to understand instead of being understood. We are to forgive others, when they wrong us, as we have been forgiven of our most heinous acts.
So He came to Simon Peter. He said to Him, “Lord, do You wash my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.” Peter said to Him, “Never shall You wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” ~John 13:6-8 NASB95
When do we serve others? Do we serve after Jesus Christ has served us? According to the scripture above, Jesus Christ must serve us in order for us to be a servant to others. When Jesus Christ serves us, fills us, we are then commanded to serve others.
So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. ~John 13:12-16 NASB95
The Living Word of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Master, the Son of God, makes us to be a bond-servant of others, which in turn releases His unending power and promises in those we serve. We are His vessel that is to be poured out on His children. The Lord pours into us, we pour into others and the cycle becomes a never-ending regeneration of confession, repentance and forgiveness that is so beautiful that our entire neighborhood, church family, community, region, state and world are completely transformed. It all starts by obeying His direct Living Word.
Do we understand and accept His servitude towards us? Is this one of the missing links to understanding that Jesus Christ goes before us, leads us and cares for us in all our days to the ends of the earth?
If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. I do not speak of all of you. I know the ones I have chosen; but it is that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats My bread has lifted up his heel against Me.’ From now on I am telling you before it comes to pass, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am He. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.” ~John 13:17-20 NASB95
If Jesus is From now on I am telling you before it comes to pass, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am He. when do begin to believe, act and pass along what Jesus Christ shares with us during our quiet time? When do we ask what do You want me to know? What do You want me to do? Obedience is what Jesus Christ ask of us. When He speaks to us and tells us what to do, we should do it. When He shares His wisdom with us, it is our duty to share that wisdom with others. When we are obedient, God acts. When we listen, God speaks.
If Jesus Christ says, If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me we should act by doing as He says and allow Him to wash our feet. We should then, in turn, do this with others.
Either the Gospel is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of Him, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.