Summary: We can experience the blessing of humility by acts of servitude to one another.
Dave Thomas, founder of the Wendy’s Hamburgers is the only founder among America’s big companies who’s pictured in the corporate annual report shows him holding a mop and a plastic bucket. That wasn’t a gag either; it was done intentionally so that he could lead by example. At Wendy’s an MBA doesn’t mean a “Master of Business Administration”, it means “Mop Bucket Attitude” Service at the lowest levels makes for a great success. Wendy’s Corporations
Sandy Reynolds says, “The door of life is a door of mystery It becomes slightly shorter than the one who wishes to enter it. Thus only he who bows in humility can cross its threshold”. Today let us reflect a few minutes about the last time you’ve humbled yourself in servitude. When did you become the least so that others could become great? How did you accomplish it? What was their response? If you cannot come up with anything in the next 5 minutes you must evaluate your Christian walk. Our focus today is to observe Christ reveal example, by becoming servants of other by washing all of his disciples’ feet. Let’s observe John 13:1-17, Jesus revealed,
I. Revealed By Laying Aside His Garment vs. 1-4
A. By transiting out of this world
B. By return to the Father
II. Revealed By Servitude vs. 5-11
A. By becoming slaves
B. By pouring into the basin
C. By washing feet
III. Revealed By Becoming Example vs. 12-18
A. By becoming equal
B. By understanding fulfilled prophecy.
“Jesus laid aside his outer garment, and taking a towel, tide it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him” “Let each of us look not only to our own interest, but also to the interests of others. Have your mind among ourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus who, though has was in the form of God did not count equality with God is a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing to take on the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” when Christians apply the spirit of humble servitude. Many doors can be open to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus beholds to us an example of what humble servitude looks like. Therefore we must serve one another as Christ showed by washing His disciples’ feet. Even in the mist of betrayal God’s love succeed all conditions. Even enduring the cross he gave his life for the sins of the world. Phil 2:1-7
What can we take away from today lesson? Firstly, Jesus laid aside his garment in act of obedience to his father that He might show unconditional love towards us. Secondly, He becomes a slave that we might experience the acts of humble servitude. Finally, He confirms truth in our hearts that we may be a blessing to ourselves as with others. Every Christians must therefore respond to humble servitude. We must move out of the four walls of the local church. Start a prison ministry; help the homeless, supply aid for the elderly, and by forgiving one another.