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Lent Day 37

Jesus knew exactly who He was.  In spite of the many voices telling him he was a fraud, a fake and a sinner, he did not waver in his belief of who He was.  There was no doubt in his mind that he was the Son of Man, and that the Father was with him. “Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.  This is God in the flesh here and he is performing one of the most lowly tasks imaginable, especially in that day.  We are taught the very opposite today.  The goal is to get to a place where others serve us in every aspect of life.  We envy those who have enough resources to get others to do all of the menial tasks.  We grumble over yard work, cleaning and the day-to-day tasks, yet those dealings are the very training ground for us to learn to serve others.

On this night before the Passover feast Jesus modeled what it looks like to experience real friendship and relationship today, to serve one another.  Even though our culture is worlds apart from the culture of Jesus’ day, the simple act of serving others is still the way to live.  Today, make the commitment to serve one another.  In fact, do your best to out serve each other, and participate in serving others together.  There is life there, a life together following the model of Jesus.

Lie: “Arrival” in life is to get to a place where we are served by others

Truth:  To love is to serve

“Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” (John 13:2)

1 reply on “Lent Day 37”

What an amazing example to us of how Jesus served, and loved his disciples. To serve others with no expectations of getting anything return, this is true giving and love. Jesus was total Loving and giving, he expected nothing in return. True Love, God’s love has no attachments of getting anything back. This is my/our goal, to be Loving just as Jesus loves. But not in a willful way, of trying to do it in our own power and separate from God, but rather in and through the Holy Spirit who indwells us. If I see Christ in everyone, and everyone in Christ then when I am serving others I am serving Christ. In this way I am affirming my true self and erradicating the false self, the selfish self. My true self is the self that is in Christ, and Christ is in me. In Him we are alive, we live, we move, we have our being. He is everything, and all that we need or will ever desire. May this Holy Week bring us closer to Jesus through the presence of the Holy Spirit. May we take the time necessary to be holy, to allow the Spirit to work in us, to be our guide, to speak to us, to listen. My challenge is to become more open, and to allow the Holy Spirit to control more of me. Peace to you.

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