Jesus is the Servant – John 13:1-20
“Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. The evening meal was being served..” John 13:1-2
Christian Service – An Intimate Labor of Love
Picture the intimacy of the evening in the upper room. The hands of Jesus calloused from his years as a carpenter gently breaking the bread and pouring the wine. Jesus’ hands pushing back from the table and rising to remove his outer garment. Jesus wrapping a towel around his waist, moving to his disciples. Kneeling to wash their dirty feet. A job reserved for the lowliest of servants or left undone. Had any of the disciples thought to wash the feet of Jesus? The hands of Jesus pouring water from pitcher to basin, rinsing the soil and sand from each disciple’s feet and tenderly wiping them dry again. It was an intimate act of service. An example to his beloved just as it is an example to us, His beloved. Followed by the command, (v15) “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. (v17) Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them”.
Do we? Does the world recognize us by our love and service? The Savior of all mankind made Himself a servant to show His love, we must do no less. Workers in Christ’s service are all around us here at TCCC, workers reflecting Christ’s love to the world and growing God’s kingdom. It is found in the sweet faces of the nursery workers, the efforts of men who host the homeless, the gifts that send missionaries to the field, the hands that prepare meals for the bereaved, the list goes on and on. The desire for intentional service in the name of Jesus requires us to yoke ourselves to Jesus and allow him to set the pace. Allow him to complete the work through us. A Labor of Love sharing the truth about Jesus.