Summary: Message about being a servant in the kingdom of God.
Note: This is a message originally preached by David Kemp from the Fort Mill Church of God. It made a big impact on me and I used it and changed it to fit the church I pastor. I thought it was worth sharing.
Title: A Title or a Towel! - Servant hood
Text: John 13:3-5; 12-15
Thesis: We need to decide what is important to us. To become a servant or have a title.
Mark 9:33 Then He came to Capernaum. And when He was in the house He asked them, "What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road?" 34 But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be the greatest. 35 And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, "If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all." 36 Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them, 37 "Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me."
John 13:3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, 4 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. 5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.
John 13:12 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? 13 "You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. 14 "If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 "For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
It is interesting to see the contrast here in these passages between the view of the disciples and the view of Jesus. The disciples focus was on titles. They wanted titles. They wanted to know who would be the greatest. They wanted to be lifted up. Yet Jesus focus was on a towel. The towel of service. To bend down and be a servant and wash one another’s feet. Oh how it must have disappointed him to hear this discussion. They just didn’t get it. “They are trying to be lifted up and Jesus is trying to get them to bend down.
I am afraid that there are too many of us that are living our lives for the wrong reason. I am afraid that there are people here today that are going to wake up one day and realize that their life is slipping away and they have nothing of eternal value to show for it.
God brought you into this world to advance the kingdom of Almighty God and you will discover that you settled for spending your life establishing your own little kingdom that will pass away and quickly be forgotten.
God created you, molded you in his image, and put eternity in your heart that a lost world could see His reflection in you. But you will wake up one morning and realize, that instead of lifting up Jesus: who is the answer to life’s problem, the source of all joy and benefits, the one person that could have made a lasting difference in the lives of the people you love and are associated with…instead…it has been all about building your name, putting yourself forward and making sure that your agenda carried the day.