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Isn’t to be a Christian the act of emulating Jesus’s commands?
Our society applauds wealth and success as what’s important. Even the apostles argued over strength and who was best and who might sit beside Christ in his kingdom. This is fundamentally human nature.
But what is so fascinating to me is how Jesus, sheer God in human form, looked at what is important and tells us to be servants.
In John 13:14-15 Jesus tells the apostles, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”
Can you imagine God washing your feet? What an incredible message of compassion and Christ’s example of being a servant to others! Isn’t this how we as Christians should live as well?
When writing to persecuted and suffering Christians driven out of Jerusalem the Apostle Peter says, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 4:8-11.)
Yet again we see a Christ centered message regarding servitude. The Bible is full of examples of how we are instructed for serve one another. Make it your goal in your daily life to try and serve others the way Christ instructs us to do so. How do you serve your wife, children, co-workers, etc.?
Jess Thompson is a faith columnist for The Anderson News and resident of Lawrenceburg.