Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. John 13:14
Imagine the scene. Jesus, the respected rabbi, wraps a towel around his waist and begins to wash his disciples’ feet. This is a ragtag group of disciples. They are the students. He is the teacher. It’s almost scandalous. The disciples are likely embarrassed for him. It’s just not something any self-respecting rabbi would do. It was servant work. Jesus is different. He’s ushering in a whole new way to live. He’s modeling true life. As Jesus says, the blessed life is a life of service. It’s a life that revolves around the interests of others, not one’s own interests. This is revolutionary. Jesus challenges his disciples to follow his example of service. It’s a challenge the early church takes seriously (Acts 4:32-35).
Following Jesus’s example of service is a challenge we need to take seriously today. The church community is built on serving one another. It’s a common theme in the New Testament and something we see throughout church history. When a church community serves one another, we reflect the love of Jesus. It’s one aspect of the Jesus movement that has made the church unique. When the people of Christ take care of each other and serve each other, the rest of the world pays attention. As a church community encourages, supports and cares for one another, we also discover the blessed life Jesus talks about.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Consider whether you’re taking Jesus’s challenge seriously. We’re called to serve each other in our church community, which leads to a blessing. For ways to get involved in serving, visit adabible.info and click Serving to see current opportunities.
2023 SPIRITUAL PRACTICES
Join us all of 2023 developing a different spiritual practice each month. SPIRITUAL PRACTICES are intentional regular activities to deepen our relationship with God and mold us to be more like Jesus.
June is WORSHIP. Keep track of our spiritual practices at beyondtheweekend.org/spiritualpractices.
Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.