|“You do not give to people because they gave to you. Rather you give because you are the obedient servant of Jesus and He asks you to give, and because God meets your needs. You must relate to others the same way that Jesus related to people. He did not come into the world go get, but to give; not to be served, but to serve. Emulate the way He lived, and look to your Father for the meeting of your needs.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“When he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, and resumed his place, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you?'” John 13:12
When Peter sought to stop Jesus from washing his feet, the Savior said, “If I do not wash you, you have no part in me.”441 Peter, eager to be “part” of Jesus, suggested that the Lord wash all of him. Jesus responded by saying that the feet were enough. In His explanation of what He had done, Jesus said, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.442 How does Jesus statement that they are being cleansed relate to His observation regarding your need to emulate His servanthood?
Just as Jesus sacrificed His dignity in washing their feet, so too He was about to sacrifice His life. In this ceremony, Jesus calls upon the disciples to sacrifice themselves in service to others. You cannot separate service from sacrifice; servanthood is sacrifice. Whenever you serve others without cost, you cannot call it biblical servanthood as seen in the illustration of my offering you a ride to the same destination that I would be going without you. Nor is the desire for reciprocity biblical servanthood. For example, I promise to care for your children this weekend because I can foresee the time when I am going to want you to care for my children. So too, whenever you tell someone you don’t want them to serve you if they don’t want to, or if it costs them too much, you are not allowing them to practice biblical servanthood.
The King became a servant. The disciples were cleansed by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, as illustrated by His washing their feet. The King wishes those He cleanses to be servants, and servanthood requires sacrifice. You follow His example, not by trying to cleanse others, but by sacrificially giving of yourself for others.
441 John 13:8
Hosea 5-8 Revelation 2 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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