For I Have Given You An Example

So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.  If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.  Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.  If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.  (John 13:12-17)

I am grateful for my granddad, and I am grateful for all that he did for me, and I am grateful for the example he left me as a pattern to follow.  I can change a tire because my granddad taught me to. I can cut grass and do yard work because my granddad taught me to, and the list can go on and an. The Bible is clear that “Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example” and truly to get to heaven we should all follow the example of Christ. Paul reminded the brethren at Thessalonica that they were “examples” to them of how they follow the Apostles (2 Thess 3:9). And Jesus is truly noted as our example of what we should follow in all spiritual matters.

John chapter thirteen paints a picture of service and servitude, a picture of Jesus taking on the role of the lowest servant in the house, to wash the feet of the disciples as they came in. These men did not wear tennis shoes, nor did they walk on paved roads, but they walked in dusty, muddy, and dirty conditions, and I imagine their feet were fairly dirty when they arrived at their location. While Jesus is here he makes it a point to tell these disciples that they ought to wash the feet of one another. Does Jesus literally mean that we are to wash each other’s feet? Well of course if it needs to be done, then our attitude should be we will do it. More importantly, the example given by Jesus is an example of service to one another. God expects we will be people full of good works (Titus 2:14), and a people who want to help each other. Christians are to willingly, and gladly serve one another when the opportunity arises.

With this being said, For the next two weeks, our youth program is yours. What do you have that we could look to help you with? What things do you need assistance with? I pray that each of our young people will willingly, and graciously accept this opportunity to serve members of this congregation, and I pray that if you have need you will let us know so that we can make time to serve you.  What a great example of service we have from the “author and finisher of our faith”.

Ande Z