John 13:1-17

John 13:1-17

John 13:14Vintage message from our 2002-2003 radio program called “Perspective” aired June 15, 2003.

You and I are called to love as Jesus loved. You and I are called to live as Jesus lived… When was the last time you showed the full extent of God’s love to those around you? Or, do you find yourself commanding that people meet your needs? That people look after you? That you have the right of way. That the road is yours, not theirs…

This is the response that I see in the world so often. We want to hang around Jesus, and we want the benefits that come from Jesus’s power. We like to be involved when the miracles are happening, and we like to be involved when the big decisions are being made. But, when it gets down to the nitty gritty of having to wash feet and have our feet washed, when it comes down to having to finally understand what the true power base is, where you and I need to be dwelling, we want no part of it. “What? Me humble myself? Oh, that’s the job of a servant!” Jesus is saying that you and I are servants…

Clever words and clever messages mean nothing, but the living example of God’s Word, when we take someone’s needs in our hands and help them to see the need met, the fulfillment in their life of making the clean, giving them some real purpose by our involvement with them, is what proves God’s love, not our sitting at home clutching our Bible to our chest and sounding all spiritual when we pray… 

What is it that the church is clamoring for the most? To be blessed by God. To have their lives filled with blessing. And this is what I hear in many of the movements in the world within Christendom; why people are naming it and claiming it and why people are doing backflips off of chairs and why people are doing all of these things that are experience-oriented. Because they want to feel blessed. Well, take some time to stop flipping off the chair and go out and meet someone’s need, and guess what? You’ll be blessed! Wash your brother’s feet, and you’ll be blessed. See that their needs are met in the meal, see that their needs are met in clothing, see that their needs are met in however you can, and you’ll be blessed. Blessing doesn’t come through feeling. And I’ve heard people say it, “I don’t feel very spiritual. That church service left me feeling dry.”  Your dryness isn’t because of the church service. Your dryness is because you’ve no reached out and exercised what Jesus has called you to exercise; to use His example and be blessings to other people. [Do] you want to be blessed? You want to feel fed? You want to feel really, truly spiritual? Wash someone’s feet. Take the servant’s role. Be like Jesus and take the initiative to reach out first to help those around you. Blessing does not come because we’re good enough. Blessing doesn’t come because we’ve earned it. Blessing doesn’t come because we’re spiritual. We are spiritual because we are blessed when we do the things that Jesus gave us the examples to do. “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed.” Do you hear that? You will be blessed if you do them. This is Jesus’s desire for us. This is what Jesus wanted His disciples to know.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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