What is the outcome if we act on what Jesus commanded?
What is God’s goal for me? My job is to be a servant of God. That is it. There is nothing else to it. Jesus made that clear in his example of how he lived his life. Jesus was only here to do what God had in mind. Here is the problem. I like to be served and not be a servant. I love a great meal and the wonderful service of an amazing restaurant. So … I’ve got a problem, don’t I.
What is the outcome if I act on what Jesus commanded? I will live a blessed, more than happy, life. [Note: the Greek word translates better as happy rather than blessed] I will have that life in the here and now. God-Service leads to happiness. I haven’t always understood this. As I gain more experience, it is becoming a reality.
What is the challenge? I need to understand why to serve. I need to get it. I need to change my mind (aka repent). Do I? I must admit that some days I don’t. I go right along with my life, not caring what it is that God has in mind for me right now. Today is the day I can focus on the God-servant way of life. Jesus challenges me to.
After he had finished washing their feet, he took his robe, put it back on, and went back to his place at the table.
Then he said, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You address me as ‘Teacher’ and ‘Master,’ and rightly so. That is what I am. So if I, the Master and Teacher, washed your feet, you must now wash each other’s feet. I’ve laid down a pattern for you. What I’ve done, you do. I’m only pointing out the obvious. A servant is not ranked above his master; an employee doesn’t give orders to the employer. If you understand what I’m telling you, act like it—and live a happy (blessed) life.
Source: John 13:11-17 (The Message)
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