The Call to Servanthood
It was a
most unusual meal; the kind of occasion that changed the course of history; yet
at the time it was being held, (as is so often the case) no one there (except
the Master) fully realized the importance of the event.
have attached such significance to thirteen men having dinner together in an
upper room? It was perhaps in the festively-lit upper chamber of Mark’s house
that the Master and the twelve gathered for the meal. Sadly, we note that the
supper began with a spirit of contention dominating the scene. More about that
were, gathered around the table, as was the custom in that day, reclining in a
semi-circular arrangement. (perhaps not exactly as so many paintings depict it)
In all likelihood,
the apostle John was seated at one end of the table, to the right of The
Lord Jesus. This would explain his leaning back on the bosom of the Lord.
It was a low, eastern style table, with the guests reclining, their feet away
from the table, leaning their arms on pillows facing the table. Across from
John, at the other end of the table would have most likely been Peter, who,
having been brought to a state of humility, had taken the seat of the least
honor. It would also explain Peter’s conversation with the Apostle John, asking
him who the traitor was. The most
interesting assumption is that immediately to the left of Jesus, actually in
the place of honor, was Judas. This would explain why, when Christ
whispered to John who the traitor was, no one else heard him. It would also
explain how Christ handed Judas the sop, which formed part of the Paschal
ritual, without anyone taking special note. It also would explain, how, when
Judas had the audacity to ask if it was he, no one else at the table needed take
note. Regardless of the seating arrangement, what took place that day, which
has come to be known as “The Last Supper”, was crucial to the future of the
Church. And as we follow the events that came at its conclusion, we come to the
next great calling of the Christian, taken from the lips of the Master Himself.
If heeded, these words would form the very backdrop of the Church’s ministry.
This was to
be the last meal they would share together before that dramatic hour when God
was to die. His public ministry was over. The feast of the Passover was at
hand. And a series of events was to unfold that would change the course of
history forever. We read about it in John, chapter thirteen, beginning with
Jn 13:1 Now
before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that
He should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved His own which
were in the world, He loved them unto the end.
2 And supper
being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s
son, to betray him;
knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He was
come from God, and went to God...
4 He riseth
from supper, and laid aside His garments; and took a towel, and girded Himself.
that, He poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and
to wipe them with the towel wherewith He was girded.
cometh He to Simon Peter; and Peter saith unto Him, Lord, dost thou wash my
answered and said unto Him, what I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know
8 Peter said
unto Him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee
not, thou hast no part with me.
Peter saith unto Him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.
saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean
every whit; and ye are clean, but not all.
11 For He
knew who should betray Him; therefore, said He, Ye are not all clean.
12 So after
He had washed their feet, and had taken His garments, and was set down again,
He said unto them, ÔKnow ye what I have done to you?
13 Ye call
me Master and Lord: and ye say well, for so I am.
14 If I,
then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one
15 For I
have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he
that is sent greater than he that sent him.
17 If ye
know thee things, happy are ye if ye do them.
issuing a call to servanthood. More than that, He is explaining the
Christian life. And His explanation is not what the disciples wanted
to hear. I’m afraid it’s not what he want to hear either. Our outline:
The Call To
Servanthood (John 13:1-17)
Length of God’s Love (13:1)
Source of Evil (13:2)
Call to Servanthood
a- The Heart
of The Message (13:4-5)
The Length of God’s Love
sense the urgency of the hour by the statements The Holy Spirit makes at the
outset of the passage. He tells us several things we must know if we are to
understand how critical this moment was..
1- It was
just before the Feast of the Passover was to begin. (vs. 1)
2- Jesus was
well aware that the time of His departure was at hand (vs.1). Whatever He
needed to impart to these twelve, He needed to impart now.
knew that the Father had given all things into His hands. (vs. 3) He had the
power to do what He was called to do.
4- He knew
who He was, and where He was going. (vs. 3) John wrote “He knew that He was
come from God, and went to God.”
Therefore, He needed to assure them and us of one thing:
His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end.
that verse. It tells you a great deal about the nature of God. Having loved
them, He would love them... always. His love was a choice, based not upon their
how lovable they are or their response to His love, but on His desire to
demonstrate the character of God, which would never change. Therefore,
His love, which had no beginning, would have no end. Not when Peter cursed and
denied he’d ever known the Living God. Not when the others forsook Him and
fled. Not when you resisted His calling and fled like Jonah from the path He
designed for you. Not when you like David, threw away all that was dear to His
heart and violated His very Holiness through disobedience. He loves you to the
end. The end is the day of days when you are caught up into His presence to
forever be bathed in His love. Until then, and from then on, He will love you.
Not because you’re so lovable. By now, you should have figured that out. Not
because you are so faithful in returning His love. You’re not. But because of who
He is. And because of who He is, He cannot stop loving you. Aren’t you
for a parent to stop loving his child. But it’s been known to happen. But even
“if father and mother forsake you, the Lord will take you up.” Nothing you can
or will ever do will separate you from the love of God. Not tribulation, or
distress, or peril, or warfare; nothing in the present, nothing in the past,
nothing in the future. Paul exclaimed “I am persuaded, that neither death nor
life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor
things to come; nor height, nor depth, nor anyone or anything else shall
be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 9:38,39)
the finality of that love and the intensity of that love and the faithfulness
of that love, we are secure in our relationship with Him. And it is that
security that ought to motivate us, not to presumption, but to utter, complete
abandonment to His will. That is why, I believe, God included this phrase where
He did in this passage. What was about to follow would demonstrate the goal
of the Church. It was to love by giving itself away. And before He could
illustrate that, He had to describe the source of that kind of love... God,
never stop loving you. God will never stop loving me. God never stopped loving
Judas. He loved them to the end.
of All Evil
next statement is one that is theologically complex, but practically quite
simple. It is an explanation of the source of evil. It reads simply:
And supper being ended, the devil
having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son to betray Him.
“Let no man say when he is tempted, ÔI am tempted of God’. God cannot be
tempted. Neither tempteth he any man. But every man is tempted, when he is led
away of his own lusts and enticed. God does not entice us to evil. He can’t.
And Satan cannot make us do evil. He can’t. We are enticed by the devil.
We are responsible ourselves for how we respond to that temptation. Judas set
himself up for the fall. He pondered evil in his heart. He faked allegiance to
the Master. He was ripe for Satan to pluck from the tree of rebellion. But he
chose to do so. And the enticement did not come from the hand of the One
who so abhors sin. He does not play games with us. The devil put it into Judas’
heart. He whispered in his ear... just as he did to Eve. And Judas listened,
just as Eve did. “The devil made me do it” is a catchy phrase, but it’s a lie.
“The devil tempted me to do it” would be accurate. “I chose to do it” is the
equally accurate, but disappointing postscript to that statement.
The Call to
So now we
come to the meat of the passage. We know of God’s unfailing love, and we know
of the enemy’s unfailing attempts to undermine our hearts through temptation.
Now Jesus, having clarified the choices, illustrates the challenge. Hang on.
It’s heavy duty artillery from the arsenal of God’s discipleship handbook. It
and supper being ended, He riseth
from supper and laid aside His garments; and took a towel and girded Himself.
help but think of Philippians, chapter two, where we have that glorious
description of God becoming a man, so that man could come to God. Remember?
Look at the parallels: Philippians 2, John 13,
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not
robbery to be equal with God.
Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all
things into His hands, and that He was come from God and went to God.
But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon
Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of man.
He riseth... and laid aside His garments; and
took a towel and girded Himself... and began to wash the disciples’ feet.
Jesus laid aside His robes of Diety to come to earth and become a man, so He
now lays aside His robes of humanity and takes upon Himself the towel of a slave,
to further demonstrate what He meant when He said... “He took upon Himself the
form of a servant.”
happens next, boggles the mind. God washes dirty feet; the dirty feet,
incidentally, of a group of self-serving followers who were so insensitive to
what was happening around them, that even in the light of the impending arrest
and conviction of their Master, they were arguing among themselves as to who
was the greatest.
sitting at the feet of God exalting themselves. But don’t be too hard on them.
We do the same thing. Look at Luke 22:23, 24. Here is another account of this
sacred time in the Life of Christ. Jesus had said, in verse 15:
desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer, For I say unto you, I
will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
proceeded to take the cup and break the bread and demonstrate visually the
awesome fate that awaited the Son of God on planet earth. You would think that
these twelve who owed their very lives to the Master would be so filled with
grief and disbelief over what He was saying that they would weep tears of love
on His behalf. But instead, we read in verse 24:
And there was... strife among them,
(over) which of them should be accounted the greatest.
about to be murdered, and these guys, who had been the chief beneficiaries of
His ministry on earth, were locked in a theological debate over which of them
was of the most importance in the Kingdom. I know it’s easy to get angry at the
gross insensitivity of these fools. It’s tempting to wonder how anyone could be
look in the mirror. And remember the times we have, in the face of great
spiritual struggles in which the reputation of God and the souls of men hung in
the balance, were too busy arguing over who would be chairman of the committee;
or who would get to use the best room in the church; or whether or not we would
get recognized for the gift we gave or the ministry we performed, never even
realizing the real issues at stake. These men were no different; just
self-centered disciples who thought God had come to recognize them and serve
them and make them comfortable and reputable.
The Heart of
immediately turns to the heart of the message. And in verse 26, He reminds them
of a Biblical truth that runs at total odds with man’s philosophies. He says:
“He that is
greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief; as he that
doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat; or he that
serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I among you as He that serveth.”
Back now to
John, chapter thirteen. Jesus proceeds to paint with the brush of human
behavior on the canvas of reality an indelible portrait of how God views the mission
of His ministers.
He riseth... laid aside His
garments; took a towel,...
that, He poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and
to wipe them with the towel wherewith He was girded.”
It may well
be that the behavior of the disciples as they argued about who would be
"numero uno" led up to this graphic demonstration of a servant heart.
Certainly the two were connected. The circumstances were this: The roads of
Palestine were dust covered pathways which in times of rain turned to oceans of
mud. The shoes worn by Jesus and His followers were not $60 Reebocks or $100
Bostonian slip-ons. They were bare sandals, consisting of a flat sole,
connected to a couple of simple straps. You can imagine what that did to the
feet of those who travelled those roads on foot.
this, there were always huge waterpots stationed at the front entrance to every
house, and in most cases, there was a servant there with a ewer and a towel to
wash the soiled feet of the guests or the family members as they arrived. It
was a menial task, but one that must be done before they could enter the house.
little band of followers had no such servants. And so it was to be their duty
to perform this task for one another. No one ever expected it to be done by God
Himself. Their immediate reaction indicates that they not only were taken by
surprise, they didn’t understand what He was doing, or why. That fact is
only emphasized by what followed.
only naturally expect the first response to be from Simon Peter. He was always
the first to ask questions, and always the first to put his mouth in motion
without his brain in gear. His response was one of evident good intentions, but
to Him, in effect, “Lord what do you think you’re doing? Surely, you
don’t think I’m going to let you wash my feet.”
response was “Simon, you don’t understand what I’m doing now, but if you’ll sit
still a moment, you’ll get the picture.” Now, it seems to me that God was being
very patient with Simon, (the way He is with us). But Peter jumped all over
Jesus at this point. “No!” he exclaimed. “Not on your life. If I live to
be a hundred, you’ll never wash my feet.” With sanctimonious
self-righteousness, he straightened God out in a hurry. There are just some
things a man can’t let God do for him, right? Wrong. You let God have His way
in your life, and you may well find yourself in a position of helplessness you
thought you could never tolerate. After all, growing up you were told if you
just wanted to badly enough, you could do anything you want! Now, here you are
without a job. Or without sight. Or without the ability to walk. Or without the
finances to do for yourself. And you are dependent on God and on God’s people
in a way that is humiliating and awkward. And you cry out to God, “No, Lord,
I’ll never be this way. I’ll never let you do that for me.” And God
quietly answers, “Oh, really? I thought you wanted to be mine whatever the
cost. This is the cost. Trust me.”
never wash my feet”, Simon Peter insists. Jesus answers: “The choice is yours.
But either I wash your feet, or you’re off the team.” It was that important to
God that He be permitted to serve those He loved. At this point, Simon Peter,
never the one to do anything halfway, bellows back to the Lord, “If that’s the
case, Jesus, give me a bath.”
in Palestine was that before people went to a feast, they bathed themselves.
When they arrived at their destination, they did not need to be bathed again.
They only needed to have their feet washed. This was the ceremony which
preceded entrance into the house.
manner, the Christian, in order to be admitted to the feast of God’s holiness,
must be bathed in the blood of the Lamb... once and for all. Once and for
always. But his feet often walk in the paths of sin, and he often is
separated from the heart of God through disobedience. So each time we enter
the house of His holiness in prayer, we need to have the dirt of our daily walk
in this world cleansed. The vessel is I John 1:9. “If we confess our sins, He
is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us of all
unrighteousness.” We do not need to be reborn each time we sin. But we do
need to be cleansed of those things which have come between us and our God.
So we must
be careful not to play “Simon says” when God wants to serve us by cleansing us.
He missed the point of it all. He often did.
didn’t get the picture. But Jesus, as always, was patient He proceeds to
explain to him, to the others, and to us as well, just why the Living God
would stoop to wash the dirty feet of fallen man.
Here is His
explanation. Listen carefully:
12 After He had washed their feet,
and had taken His garments, and was set down again, He said unto them, ÔKnow ye
what I have done to you?’
13 Ye call Me Master and Lord; and
ye say well, for so I am.
14 If I, then, your Lord and Master,
have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
15 For I have given you an example,
that ye should do as I have done to you.
16 Verily, verily, I say unto you,
The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent, greater than
he that sent him.
God has just
illustrated in living color who He is. And He has, parenthetically,
defined for us, what we are. He is the Living Creator God. And we are
His servants. Afraid that we would confuse our calling and begin to become
co-gods with Him, He decided to hand paint on the scrolls of life a picture for
us, lest we forget our role.
“servant” found in this passage is the Greek word “doulos” (doulos). It
literally means “a bondslave”. A household slave was like chattel. He was like
a horse or a cow or a dog. He was considered to exist completely for whatever
purposes his master deemed necessary. They had only one calling in life... to
do their master’s bidding.
actually more slaves in the Roman Empire than free men. For this reason, slaves
were not allowed to identify themselves by dress or any kind of mark, lest they
realize the strength of their numbers and rebel as a group. And while slavery
is abominable, and freedom from slavery could not come too soon, in a
strictly spiritual sense, these slaves had a head start on the rest of us
in understanding the Christian life.
Christian, you see, is called to be a bondslave of Jesus Christ. Nothing
less. And the nature of man is such that this doctrine, apart from the divine
intervention of God’s Spirit, is unacceptable to the human mind.
referred to himself again and again as a doulos (a bondslave) of Jesus
Christ. Jude, the half-brother of our Lord, referred to himself in Jude 1 as
the bondslave of Jesus Christ. Peter does so as well in II Peter 1:1. To
understand this concept, we have to turn momentarily to Deuteronomy 15, where
the Jewish law explains both the plight and the hope of the Jewish slave.
would find themselves so in debt to a creditor that he could not ever pay off
his indebtedness. When this happened, by law, he became the personal
property of his creditor. He became bound to him as a household slave. This was
not, however, an indefinite slavery. At the end of the seventh year, the
bondslaves would become free men, able to enter society once again, and control
their own destinies.
some, however, who did not want to be free. By then, they had realized that
they were far better off and better cared for as slaves than they were before.
So the law had a clause in it which allowed these men to become slaves by
choice. It’s found in Deuteronomy 15:16:
15:16 And it shall be, if he say unto
thee and thine house, because he is well with thee, then thou shalt take an
awl, and thrust it through his ear, unto the door, and he shall by thy servant
made to this choice in Exodus 21 as well. It reads:
And if the slave shall plainly say,
I love my master, my wife, and my children. I will not go out free; then his
master shall bring him to the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or
unto the door post, and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and
he shall serve him forever.
awesome choice. He would ceremonially, often at the door of the tabernacle,
have his ear pierced, and from that moment on, several things changed.
1- He was
now recognized as a slave, and not ashamed of it. This hole
in his ear told the world that had chosen to belong to another.
2- He served
a Master who was so worthy of respect, that He chose to remain his slave rather
than be free. It was a gracious testimony of the character of the one
he had chosen to serve.
slavery he now preferred was without end. There would be no more choices at
the end of seven years. He was yielding to the lordship of another forever, and
that lord was accepting the responsibility for this slave forever.
manner, you and I were created in the image of God. An image obeys its
likeness. We were created slaves of God. But sin separated us; set us free to
chart out our own destinies. At Calvary, Jesus gave us the right to become
“bondslaves” once and for all. He gave us the right, not become gods, but to
become servants. All we need do, then, is choose to go to the door
(Jesus Christ) and let Him pierce our hearts with the awl of His forgiveness
and mark us once and for all as slaves of the King.
We will be
bearing testimony to the character of the one who owns us. We will be attesting
to the eternal commitment that is ours; and the eternal commitment that is His.
And we will be His forever. But the role we will have willingly chosen is the
role of a slave. We would rather be a slave of Jesus Christ than to live our
lives apart from Him, which is in essence a life lived in bondage to Satan.
hates this concept. He does everything in his power to convince us that God is
chairman of the board and we are board members. He makes suggestions, calls
meetings, and we take a vote. If we don’t like His ideas, we vote against it,
chart a different course, and live happily ever after. What a horrible lie.
We are not
members of the board. We are not even employees of the Living God. We are bondslaves...
servants by choice... servants forever. As such, we give up claim
to our futures, to our ambitions, to our reputations, to our destinies. If we
are to be the slaves we’ve become, we now need only rest in His care and let
Him determine what is best for us. When He calls, we come. When He leads, we
follow. When He disciplines, we graciously submit. Ours is not to question His
authority or His wisdom. He is Lord! Ours is but to trust and obey. He will
care for us. He is taking us to a home He has prepared; a luxurious home. To
appreciate that home, we need to walk with Him across some difficult terrain to
get there. We don’t know the way. He does. We don’t understand why we must pass
through battlefield after battlefield to get there. He does. We don’t even
think we can make it. He does. He will see that we get there. He is our Lord.
That is the
missing link in the case for discipleship in our age. As men and women have
become more and more independent, and as authority has become less and less
understood, the Christian man or woman has invoked the codes of society on the
claims of Christ. And we so abhor the concept of slavery, that we don’t
grasp that we are bondslaves, and ever shall be. Thus we break the heart of
our Master, and miss the blessing of letting Him care for us the way He wants
was an even deeper message here, and the disciples found it even more
confusing, and more distasteful. Not only were we to forever be the slaves of
God, as such, we were forever called not to be served, but to serve.
That meant serving one another. It meant treating the other slaves with the
same deference you treat the Master. It’s what Paul was describing in
Philippians 2 when he explained Christ’s becoming a servant for us. He said in
“Let nothing be done through strife
or vainglory, but in lowliness of mind, let each esteem others better than
Look not every man on his own
things, but every man also on the things of others.
Let this mind be in you, which was
also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to
be equal with God, but made Himself nothing.
servant’s calling is to serve. And one way he serves his master, is by serving
those his master loves. He doesn’t stand at the door of the master’s house and
refuse to wash the dirty feet of his master’s guests. By washing them, he
serves him. Don’t you see? “When we have done it unto the least of these, our
brethren, we have done it unto Him”.
link is that until we come to see ourselves as slaves of God, we can’t grasp
our calling to do what slaves do... serve one another. We’re too busy sitting
around waiting to be served. And if it ever hits us and makes a connection in
our stubborn minds that we are called to be slaves, and slaves alone, our whole
concept of ministry will be changed.
Yes, we will
one day reign with Him. Now, we can this day serve with Him. And if we
are unwilling to serve, we will be incapable of ruling. The servant is not
above his lord. The disciple is not above his master. Jesus, Ruler, King,
Saviour, Master, Lord... while He walked this earth demonstrated His
spiritual kingship by physically serving those He was ministering to.
were to be the leaders of the early church. They were to become the fabric from
which the tapestry of the future would be woven. But God’s leadership training
seminar did not teach them how to reign, but how to serve. This is to be the
heart of the elder... the pastor... the spiritual leader... the father... the
husband. Those called upon to lead were to lead girded about with the towel of
a servant, not marching about with the cloaks of a king.
The mark of
the Christian was to be his deep love for others. “By this would all men know
that we are His disciples... by the love we have one for another.” How can they
see that love? Not by what we say. By how unselfishly we serve.
were truly the mark of the church today, there would not need to be
bulletin inserts and announcements from pulpits begging people to give to a needy
fund, or bring clothes for the unfortunate in the congregation, or food for the
hungry. The problem would be controlling the outpouring of God’s people and
channeling it where it belonged.
body on earth were marked by the quality that marked God when He walked this
earth, widows would not have to beg to be transported to church or to the
doctor; children without two parents would not have to cry out for love; people
with hurting marriages would not have to suffer alone, or be outcasts. The body
of Christ would so give of itself to itself that needs would be met and lives
would be changed and the world would drink of the water of life out of the
hospital wouldn’t be a chore. Spending a day in a nursing home wouldn’t be
drudgery. Working in a children's sunday school class wouldn’t be something
somebody just has to do. Taking food to those with troubled lives would
be a privilege. We would be running over each other trying to get there. The
problem would be organizing it so everybody got their turn to serve.
be pouting because our group didn’t get recognized. We wouldn’t be struggling
to get the best room or the best time or the most exposure for our ministries.
All we would be wanting to do is serve. Sweep the floors. Paint the buildings.
Clean up the nurseries. We would want to get here first, not to get a front
row seat, but to do a back row task. People wouldn’t be knocking each other
over so they could sit in the seat they like in the sanctuary. They would
be holding the door open, so others could sit in their place, and they could
sit in the back or stand in the back if need be. We wouldn’t be fighting over
the best parking spaces so we don’t have to walk; we’d be out parking cars for
others so they don’t have to walk. In short, the Church of the Lord
Jesus Christ would be one great family of servants. Our only thoughts would be
serving our Lord, and in His Name, serving one another.
the voice of Jesus must have softened some after verse 16. I believe He must
have looked down the corridors of human history and seen two thousand years of
self-serving, self-righteous believers, and lowering his head added verse 17.
If ye know these things, happy are
ye if ye do them.
of Heaven and earth gave a one sentence dissertation on the difference between
knowledge and wisdom. He said, “Now guys, don’t go out of here and start a
seminar on serving. Don’t write a paper on the meaning of the Greek word “to
serve”. Don’t run out and get into a group discussion on what it means to love.
And don’t create some kind of legalistic system of service that takes God out
of it, and gives man credit for it. Go out of here and serve!
simpler could God have made it? He knew we couldn’t understand through words
alone, so He showed us how to be slaves. He washed the dirty feet of
those whose job it was to serve Him. And then He simply, quietly,
authoritatively, said...”That’s what it looks like; no go do it.”
Interestingly enough, Jesus didn’t talk about it, until He had done it. And if
all of our seminary professors and preachers and teachers were lost in an ocean
of love, serving those about them, the classes and sermons would be incidental.
They would only lovingly explain what we have already seen. But it isn’t hard
to preach about serving. It isn’t hard to teach about being a slave of God and
a servant of man. It isn’t even hard to write books about it.
hard to do it. Hard, that is, unless we let God do it. You say, “But I
don’t know how to serve, that’s not my gift.” Beloved, Christ lives in you, and
He knows how. Let Him. Go to Him tomorrow morning, pour your heart out
before Him, and say “Dear God, I want to be the servant I am. If you could wash
dirty feet, and You live in me, can anything be too menial; too dirty; too
unglamorous for me to do today? Dear God, I am your bondslave..by choice..
forever. By your grace, may I this day, be the hands you serve with; the eyes
you see hurt with; the ears you hear cries with; the feet you run with to
demonstrate what real love is. Dear God. I, your slave, want to serve. Amen.”
that. And hold on, beloved, “Faithful is He who has called you. He will also do
it.” And happy ye will be as He does.
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to further study
that you were present with the twelve in that upper room. Picture the grief on
The Master’s face as those He called to serve were so caught up in themselves
they missed the message. When was the last time you pouted because you didn’t
get your way in the church? or in the ministry? or in the family? Have you ever
asked God’s forgiveness? If not, do so now.
2- What did
John mean when he said, “He loved them to the end?” How can you draw comfort
from that verse? (Jn 13:1) Memorize it.
does temptation come from? (Jn 13:2) Does God ever tempt you? Where does the
responsibility lie? (James 1:13-16) Does the devil ever “make you sin”?
4- If you
had been at “the last supper”, how would you have reacted when God began to
wash your feet? Like Simon Peter? Do you have limits on what God can do
for you? Who gave you that right?
5- What does
the word “servant” (doulos) really mean? What is a bondslave? Has there been a
time in your life when you chose to become God’s slave forever? If so,
how faithful have you been in giving your life away?
6- Can you
think of times last week when you had an opportunity to meet the needs
of another, and you did not do it? Was it because you
a- Didn’t want to get involved?
b- Didn’t have the time?
c- Didn’t see it as your calling?
7- If God
had time to wash dirty feet, and was willing to do things that menial, what
does that say to you about his calling for your life?
9- Pray the
prayer mentioned on page 14, and ask God to serve through you this week. Will
it make you happy to give your life away? Can you prove that Scripturally? What
are you waiting for?