Normally, I use my blog on Mondays to post something sports-related, but instead I thought I would share something on my heart that is unrelated to athletics.
I have lived in Wichita and been a member and teaching pastor of Wichita Bible Church (WBC) for 318 days. 2014 seems like a blur at 1st thought, but when I think about moments and days and events throughout this year, the blur goes away and the vividness of where we are becomes pretty clear.
There are a lot of ways I could describe WBC. I used to attend a church when I was in college that was once nicknamed “The Church of 900 Ministers.”
I have not been in a church like it since then … until 2014. WBC is a church of deacons. While we only have three men that are given the office of deacon, there are people serving as deacons would in every classroom and hallway in our facility.
In John 13:1-17, Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. Foot washing was both a menial task and one of honor, as Abigail washed the feet of her fiancée David (I Sam 25:41). Foot washing was necessary because of the dusty and dirty ground people walked upon in sandals or bare feet. Also, when you factor in the garbage and feces people would step at times, you realize how important it would be to have clean feet at the dinner table (an intimate setting).
Jesus initiates this opportunity to serve in this manner. No one asked Him to do it. And by the way, there is no servant to wash their feet because this was a private dinner. So one of those disciples should have identified their immediate need to take this place of a house slave.
All the necessary elements and objects were present to wash their feet. You had water, a towel and garments to wash with. Yet, no disciples or house slave rose to wash Jesus’ feet. In fact, if one of the disciples rose to wash the others’ feet, it would have been a declaration that he considered himself the least; and Jesus took on this position. God washes the very feet of the ones He created.
Servants don’t wait hoping someone will ask them to do something; they look for opportunities. Too often, we wait for it to come to us instead of us going to it.
If you want to improve your serve, look to the example of servanthood from Jesus. He put others ahead of His own needs or agenda; He was compelled to wash their feet by love; He initiated the serving of the disciples and didn’t wait for someone else to do something that needed to be done; He refrained from being position-conscious; He didn’t care what others would think of Him; He even served one He knew would mistreat Him.
In considering this example of Jesus to follow, you might notice something. Service is active not passive. Jesus got up (that’s an action), took off His outer clothing (that’s an action), wrapped a towel around His waist (that’s an action), poured water into a basin (that’s an action), and washed their feet (that’s an action). All of the Christian life is active; just because we have a sovereign God who already planned events in life; that never takes away human responsibility and opportunity to serve Him and others.
And that, in a nutshell, is what I get to see every week from the people at WBC.