SERVE:  Called to Serve and Take Up the Towel!

 

Scripture Lesson for the day:  Mark 10:41-45; John 13:1-17, NLT

How would people respond today if a prominent political leader or celebrity was seen washing the feet of their constituents or their fans?  Serving in this day and age is most definitely countercultural!

When Jesus took up the towel he was…

  • Challenging saved people to serve!

When you think of the word servant what or who comes to mind?

“So during the meal Jesus stood up and took off his outer clothing. Taking a towel, he wrapped it around his waist.  Then he poured water into a bowl and began to wash the followers’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him…When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and sat down again. He asked, “Do you understand what I have just done for you?  You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that is what I am.  If I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash each other’s feet” (John 13:4-5,12-14, NCV).

IMITATION vs. INCARNATION

Key Understanding:  “SAVED people, SERVE people” Jesus wants us not to simply imitate him but to incarnate him to others through our service!

Jesus was prophesied to be our suffering servant:  “After his soul suffers many things, he will see life and be satisfied.  My good servant will make many people right with God; he will carry away their sins” (Isaiah 53:11, NCV).

When Jesus took up the towel he was…

  • Transforming prideful people into humble servants!

“When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant.  So Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them.  But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else’” (Mark 10:41-45, NLT).

How can you improve your SERVE?

Some “Serve” insights…

1.     Our temptation is to be served. 
“So Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them.  But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else’” (Mark 10:42-44, NLT).

2.    Our challenge is to accept the invitation to serve.
“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am.  And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet.   I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. (John 13:14-15, NLT).

3.    Our promise is we will be blessed if we serve. 
“Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them” (John 13:17, NLT).

“You don’t need me to wash your feet but I can brush your shoes” (the late theologian, Dr. John Stott).

Closing Challenge:  We must move from the concept of serving to the act of serving!  What is one specific way you will imitate Jesus’ example of humble service this week in your neighborhood, workplace, or home

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