Sunday, July 7, 2013

John 13:12-15

"So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?
Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you."
John 13:12-15

Christ's way is so different from the world's way.  He, who had the power to rule over everyone, taught us to serve each other instead.  To set an example of humility and assistance.  He was greater than all, yet nobody was treated as though they were beneath him, and he was/is God, and yet he served, and yet serves, us.  This definitely doesn't remind me of politics or of corporate America.  What it does remind me of is a good parent.  The parent has pretty much ultimate power over the child, and yet a good parent never abuses this to treat the child like a slave, or even thinks about it in that way.  The good parent is there to help the child learn, to help him navigate the world, develop a personality and a style, interact with others, and become an independent person... an equal, not a subject or a slave.
God is our father, and he encourages us to learn from him to serve each other... to grow together into a family.  Not just as individual sets of parents and children, but a human family.  Zion.  And we get there through following his example and serving the people around us.  No one is beneath us.  No task is too low for us to perform.
Today, instead of throwing our power around, let's exercise a little humility and serve: make life better for other people.

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