Jan 24, 2014

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What would you do if you knew this was your last day alive? Would you book a flight to a place you’ve always wanted to go? Possibly you would finally tell that special person in your life how you feel about them? Or, maybe you’d just go to your favorite restaurant? As for most of us, if we knew our last day was approaching, we would do something self-gradifying, something to make us feel good about ourselves. To be honest, I’d probably do the same thing, but a passage of scripture is really making me change the way I think. And, not just about what I would do on my last day, but everyday.

John 13:1-17 tells us that when Jesus knew that it was His time, instead of making his last hours about Him, He made it about others. Although He was entitled to being treated, He treated others. Check out verses 3 -5 (MSG) of that passage:

Jesus knew that the Father had put Him in complete charge of everything, that He came from God and was on His way back to God. So He got up from the supper table, set aside His robe, and put on an apron. Then poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with His apron.

Jesus knew who He was – He knew that He was the Son of God. And, He also knew that He was about to die, yet He set aside His “title,” which represents His robe, and exchanged it for an apron, the garment of a servant. No one had to demote Him or strip Him of His title; He voluntarily humbled Himself by lowering Himself to the level of a servant. Why would He do such a thing? Let’s check out verses 12-17 (MSG):

Then He said, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You address me as ‘Teacher’ and ‘Master,’ and rightly so. That is what I am. So if I, the Master and Teacher, washed your feet, you must now wash each other’s feet. I’ve laid down a pattern for you. What I’ve done,  you do. I’m only pointing out the obvious. A servant is not ranked above His Master; and employee doesn’t give orders to the employer. If you understand what I’m telling you, act like it–and live a blessed life.

Jesus spent His last hours serving His disciples to set an example, to model a lifestyle for them to live. He wanted to show them that if their Master could serve others, it’s not beneath them. So, what’s the big deal about serving? Why did Jesus utilize His precious last moments to teach them this lesson? Paul makes it a little more clear in 1 Corinthians  9:19-23 (MSG):

Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved lifeI did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!

Jesus wants us to serve because serving is reaching. Serving is an act of love that softens a person’s heart to hear what you have to say.  It’s the doorway by which the Message can be shared…I turn 30 in a couple months, and I’ve decided to take the day off from work to volunteer and serve others. I figure what better way to celebrate the big 3-0 than by following the pattern that Jesus set. On a day when I’m entitled to be treated, I’ll treat others…

 

P.S. – I would love to make this a tradition that I do every year on my birthday, but it won’t be a once-a-year thing. I also volunteer at my church on a regular basis. How can you serve? Think about what you can to do to serve others. No service is too small. **G.I.G.**

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