Servant of Christ? Prove it!
Downton Abby had popular appeal. An aristocratic family living in the lap of luxury with nothing better to do but to be served. Who wouldn’t enjoy having a team of workers rushing about making sure that everything was being done in your day to assure you that you are important enough to feel entitled?Jesus gave up his place of divine position in order to lift us out of our state of spiritual destitution: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich” (2Cor.8:9).Jesus presents everyday discipleship as daily service.If you have notions of leadership in the Kingdom of Christ, he invites you to do as he did: “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mt.20:28).Most Christians I know are willing to get their hands dirty to help others. But even then, I can’t say too many I know are willing go out of their way to do it.Washing feet was the work of the lowest servants in Jesus’ day. To voluntarily do it, by today’s standards, is like offering to clean up after you have eaten at a restaurant. When Jesus washed the disciple’s feet, he was doing it as a ‘go and do likewise’ object lesson. Realistically speaking, serving one another is probably more a topic of Bible study classes and sermons than it is a common practice.A preacher friend of mine became a Christian when he was working in an engineering shop. His workmates had seen enough to justify their seen-it-all-before outlook on life. When he told one of his workmates that he had just become a Christian, the guy looked at him and said skeptically, “Prove it!” John StaigerIf you have been blessed by this message, please feel free to: Like, Comment or Share it with your friends. (304)