March 24, 2016: The Most Humbling Activity
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Dear <<First Name>>,

“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.” John 13:13, 14, NIV.

I was reading a book recently and the author made this statement..."I pray that I will experience humiliation regularly to test if I am growing away from my pride." That is a prayer I have never thought of praying. I don't want to be seen as weak, incapable, inept, or foolish. In fact, if you are like me, we want people to perceive us as having it all together, being on top, and being "successful." 

Jesus had the opposite perspective. He taught us that the way to greatness is not perfection but service in humility. Jesus purposefully chose to reduce Himself in the eyes of those around Him in order that they would experience the value and dignity that was within them. This gift of humility allowed people to draw close to Him.

In this verse, Jesus reminded His disciples that no matter how successful and to what degree you rise to in this world, we are never greater than when we stoop to care for others. In fact, when we care for the least, we have come to really know Him. 

The true mark of a mature Christian is how often we are willing to find ourselves as the servants of others and how we feel when others treat us as servants. When there is no difference in your heart when you serve or are overlooked by others, we know that we have drawn close to His heart. 

Here is today's reading.



Pastor Stuart


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