Message Monday 01/26/15 – Great Expectations: Serve

Chuck Foreman – Teaching Pastor

There’s really no mistaking that the characteristic mark of all Followers of Jesus is to be love, and love is demonstrated only through action, i.e. serving others. Please let me know if you think I’ve missed the point here or if you think that statement is too strong. But before you do, check out these passages: Matthew 5:14-16; 20:17-28; Galatians 5:13-14; Ephesians 2:8-10; 4:11-16; Titus 2:11-14; I Peter 4:10; I John 3:16-18. 

Jesus, in a last ditch effort to communicate the importance of humble service to his own disciples, on the night of the Last Supper, at the Last Supper, assumed the role of the household servant and did the unthinkable—he washed his own disciple’s feet. Yah, that’s what they all thought too! In fact, Peter threw a fit and almost disallowed Jesus from continuing with him. Later, John, reflecting on this event, of which he was an eyewitness, said that by doing this (serving his own disciples in this humiliating fashion), Jesus showed them “the full extent of his love.” (John 13:1) Question: If our Lord could do it, why don’t we? Check out this whole story in John 13:1-17. What can you do to be a servant follower of Jesus? What can you do so that serving others—your family, your co-workers, your classmates, your community—is just who you are and what you do?

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