Sherri's Message
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March 23, 2016, 11:00 AM

March 23, 2016

“Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper 3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, 4got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. 5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.”  John 13:1-5

Jesus knows death is waiting for him. What does he do? Does he sit back and let the disciples wait on him? Does he say, “Time is short, tell me how great I am! Tell me what you’ve learned from me?” Does he weep and wail?  No. He takes off his robe, pours water in a basin, kneels on the floor and washes the feet of the disciples.

Jesus wants to leave his disciples with this powerful image: True leaders are servant leaders. Jesus wants his followers to be people who humbly demonstrate their love and care not just in word, but in action. He wants his disciples to be people who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and not shy away from active ministry. Most of all, he wants his disciples to know his love in a meaningful and tangible way.

“Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”

How do we, as the church, live out humble servant ministry? When people come to worship, do you genuinely welcome them, or do you quietly criticize where they sit or what they wear or their parenting style? Do you pray for others or just gossip about them? If your church or community has a food pantry or other outreach, do you take time to get to know people by name and learn their story? How do we do the equivalent of foot washing in our world today?

Jesus calls us to be servant leaders, to give without thought of ourselves in the service of others. In doing so, we will bring glory to God.  We will also find incredible blessing.

Prayerfully yours,

Sherri

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