Monday, April 20, 2009

It's all about Mii


"After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples feet, drying them with the towel tht was wrapped around Him."
John 13:5(NIV)

"I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you."
John 13:15(NIV)

Of all the stories about Jesus found in the 4 gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John) in the Bible. This story intrigues me the most I think? The ultimate example of humility given by Jesus. The Master, teacher, Messiah, and Savior. The Son of God gets down on His knees and washes the dirty feet of His disciples. He was trying to teach them a life-changing lesson. You can't serve me without being a servant to others. You can't lead with talk, but by example. You can to bless me, bless others. You want to give me true glory? Get on your knees, humble yourself, and wash some dirty feet.

That doesn't sound much like our society does it? Doesn't even sound much like our churches, if i'm being honest. Everyone wants to serve in positions in the church where they get noticed, attention, or praise. We want up front, on the stage, and in the light. We teach, minister, serve, or lead not to honor Christ, but to boost our own ego or insecurity.

I'm talking about preachers, youth ministers, praise team members, SS teachers, elders, deacons, ministry leaders, praise band members, children's director's, and any christians really, paid or volunteer, minister or member. What motivates you? Would you still serve or be in a position if no one noticed you? Would you lead if you couldn't be in charge? Would you sing, teach, or perform if there was no audience?

Church really is an audience of one: God. Our real motive in going to church should not be fellowship, socializing, or even a place to get our ego stroked, but it's a place we are to go with other people to GIVE God worship. We should RECEIVE blessings from giving God our best worship and service, but for a lot of people it's not about God, it's about us. Our songs, our programs, our wants, our limelight, our control, our,me, me! and it should be HE, HE, HE!

If we really want to serve, we must serve humbly. If we really want to worship, we must come humbly. If we really want to be faithful, we must give God the glory humbly. It's not about you, it's not about me, because it's always been and always will be about Him. If He's not getting the credit, it's time to change.

If you are going to lead, sing, teach, serve, or worship, do so with the attitude of a humble servant. Let's follow the example left for us in the Bible by Jesus and start getting on our knees and getting dirty "washing feet", whatever that might mean, and stop caring about getting noticed, the credit, or our way. Let's start serving and worshipping and leading for the right reasons, the only reason, giving God ALL the glory.

"humility comes before honor"
Proverbs 15:33b(NIV)

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