Key Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:18 "Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation."
John 13:1-17 contains one of the greatest examples of ministry in all of Scripture. Here we read that Jesus loved the Apostles by washing their feet. This is an incredible act of service as this was an undesirable, even disgusting, task. Feet tend to be stinky to begin with, plus there would have been the added filth of wearing sandals in a desert climate. It is no wonder that Peter was surprised by what Jesus did, even doing his best to try to stop Him.
Verses 14-15 tell us plainly why Jesus did this: “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” Jesus showed love in a very practical, clear, and memorable way to the Apostles. He gave them an example to follow, keeping the focus on God’s mission.
As we follow God’s mission individually and as a church, we strive to not only follow Christ’s example of mercy, love, forgiveness, but also Christ’s example of service. When we truly love God, we can also truly love one another. Christ sacrificed everything for us and we glorify Him when we sacrifice for each other through ministry.
Questions to Consider: Do I identify as a member of the body of Christ and our church? How can I love others through church community? How is ministry important to my discipleship?
- That I identify as a servant, following in the footsteps of our Lord.
- That I understand my own spiritual gift(s) and my indispensable role as part of the body of Christ.
- That I will develop a regular habit of serving in church ministries, employing my spiritual gift(s) for the good of others, and caring for fellow believers.
- That I will love others by ministering to them.
- That all ministry areas at Richland Creek would align with God’s mission.
- Pray for all Creek Pastors, Elders, Deacons, staff, ministry area leaders, and servant teams.