Love Like Jesus Part 3
1 Corinthians 14:1 (AMP) Eagerly pursue and seek to acquire [this] love [make it your aim, your great quest].
- To love like Jesus, we have to be willing to forgive.
- To love like Jesus, we have to be willing to serve others.
JESUS Washes feet
Luke 22:24-27 (MSG) They [the disciples] were bickering over who of them would end up the greatest. But Jesus intervened: “Kings like to throw their weight around and people in authority like to give themselves fancy titles. It’s not going to be that way with you. Let the senior among you become like the junior; let the leader act the part of the servant. Who would you rather be: the one who eats the dinner or the one who serves the dinner? You’d rather eat and be served, right? But I’ve taken my place among you as the one who serves.”
This is the last week of Jesus’s life. Monday He cleansed the Temple. Tuesday had a massive fight with religious leaders. It’s Thursday and Jesus sees proud hearts and dirty feet.
John 13:1-17 (ERV) It was almost time for the Jewish Passover festival. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go back to the Father. Jesus had always loved the people in the world who were his. Now was the time he showed them his love the most . . . . While they were eating, Jesus stood up and took off his robe. He got a towel and wrapped it around his waist. Then he poured water into a bowl and began to wash the followers’ feet. He dried their feet with the towel that was wrapped around his waist . . . . “I am your Lord and Teacher. But I washed your feet. So you also should wash each other’s feet. I did this as an example for you. So you should serve each other just as I served you . . . . Great blessings will be yours if you do.
Jesus stoops down and does the lowest of the low; something only a slave would do. Most people would say, “I’m not doing that. I’m too good for that. It’s beneath me”
- Serving is God’s cure for pride.
Why did Jesus use some of His last hours to wash dirty feet?
Luke 22:27-29 (CP) I’m taking the position of your servant. And you, you’re the ones who have shared so deeply with me in my struggles. Now I’m outlining the Movement for you just as my Father outlined it for me, so that you can be my intimate associates in my Movement.
- Servants change the world.
A servant is like a waiter; focused on the needs of others.
The Heart of a Servant
- Servants do not serve to be seen.
- Servants do what is asked.
- Servants see a need and meet it.
Serving is not what I do, a servant is who I am.