Tuesday – October 31, 2017– Empowered to Serve
John 13:3-5 (NIV) Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
John 14:12 (NIV) Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
The most glaring example of Jesus being a servant is when He washed the feet of His disciples as they were preparing for the last supper. He could do that, because He was secure in who He was. The disciples would not do that menial task, because they were in the process of finding out their true identity. They continued to believe that greatness was measured the way that the world had always measured it. Jesus and His Kingdom had other standards and they seemed to be counter-intuitive even to His closest followers. So Jesus offered Himself as an example. That is one way that He showed servanthood; by doing what others wouldn’t do.
Another way that Jesus modeled servanthood was by doing what others couldn’t do. He was consistent in His service to the Father. John 5:19 (NIV) Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. He never lost sight of His Father and He demonstrated the heart of His Father. Jesus even told Philip, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” (See John 14:9).
When John the Baptist was testifying about Jesus, he said in John 3:34(NIV) For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. Jesus had no limitations when He was doing God’s work. He went to the extreme to demonstrate that. He healed the sick, raised the dead and died on the cross. That is the most extreme and best form of service anywhere, at any time.
When Jesus served, He modeled it for others who came along side of Him and when they served together in a community of like-minded servants, He assured them that they would do even greater things than He did. Where is this community of believers?
Prayer: Thank you Jesus for doing what others wouldn’t do or couldn’t do. You are our example and enabler. Enable us to do what we can’t do on our own and humble us to do what we wouldn’t normally do.
Proverbs 31 | Audio
O my son, O son of my womb,
O son of my vows,
3 do not waste your strength on women,
on those who ruin kings.
4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine.
Rulers should not crave alcohol.
5 For if they drink, they may forget the law
and not give justice to the oppressed.
6 Alcohol is for the dying,
and wine for those in bitter distress.
7 Let them drink to forget their poverty
and remember their troubles no more.
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;
ensure justice for those being crushed.
9 Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,
and see that they get justice.
10 [b]Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is more precious than rubies.
11 Her husband can trust her,
and she will greatly enrich his life.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She finds wool and flax
and busily spins it.
14 She is like a merchant’s ship,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.
16 She goes to inspect a field and buys it;
with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She is energetic and strong,
a hard worker.
18 She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
her lamp burns late into the night.
19 Her hands are busy spinning thread,
her fingers twisting fiber.
20 She extends a helping hand to the poor
and opens her arms to the needy.
21 She has no fear of winter for her household,
for everyone has warm[c] clothes.
22 She makes her own bedspreads.
She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.
23 Her husband is well known at the city gates,
where he sits with the other civic leaders.
24 She makes belted linen garments
and sashes to sell to the merchants.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
27 She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.
28 Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:
29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
but you surpass them all!”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
31 Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.