Follow The Leader

April 02, 2014

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” —Mark 10:45 (NKJV)

Yesterday we saw that Jesus not only possesses ultimate power and authority, but also that He is the ultimate Servant. Let’s take it one step further. Jesus didn’t just wash the disciples’ feet and call it a day. He followed up by calling them to follow His lead in serving:

“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.” (John 13:14–15 NKJV)

Who Jesus is ought to determine what we do. Our actions and Christ’s example ought to harmonize. If they don’t, then we’re no longer following Jesus in the truest practical sense. We are disciples in word—but not in deed.

Which begs the question: Do our actions resemble Christ’s example in this particular area? Are we others-oriented and servant-minded? Do we wash the proverbial feet that cross our path? Can we point to people who have been changed because we served them?

If we can’t answer “yes” to each of these questions, we need to change our spiritual course. We need to ask the Lord to show us and teach us how to become more effective servants. It’s in kneeling down and washing feet that we truly walk as He walked.

He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. (1 John 2:6 NKJV)

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