An Example to Follow
I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.--------John 13:15
These are the words spoken by Jesus to His disciples, just after He had washed their feet. ‘He had loved them during His ministry on earth, and now He loved them to the end.’ (v. 1) He humbled Himself, the King of kings and Lord of lords, was now the SERVANT to them, He SERVED them, instead of them SERVING Him.
Jesus has set the EXAMPLE of SERVITUDE for ALL of the CHILDREN OF GOD to FOLLOW. The question is are we FOLLOWING HIS EXAMPLE? Or are we WAITING to be SERVED by Him. When one gives their HEART and LIFE to Christ, it’s not so we can sit on our laurels and wait for the King of kings to SERVE US at our beckoning call. We are His SERVANT and we NEED to FOLLOW HIS EXAMPLE.
He instructs us to “DO as I have done to you.” We are to SERVE because we are His SERVANTS. We are to minister to each other and to others. We like Christ, should have enough LOVE in our hearts for our FELLOW BELIEVERS to WANT to SERVE THEM. We should have enough LOVE in our heart for THE SINNER that we would WANT to SERVE THEM. Jesus knew who His betrayer was and He knew that the betrayer was in the room, where He was SERVING the disciples. Yet Jesus, having the heart of a SERVANT, WILLINGLY SERVED the very one that would betray Him.
Our ACTIONS as a SERVANT to the SINNER may be just the thing that would spur them on to SALVATION through the ACTIONS of the King of kings that had the HEART of a SERVANT. IF we use the title of CHRISTIAN, which means “CHRISTLIKE” then we NEED to be LIKE Him and exemplify a SERVANT’S HEART. Are you FOLLOWING His EXAMPLE?
If you have NEVER given your heart to Christ then you can’t FOLLOW His EXAMPLE of SERVITUDE, but you can FOLLOW Satan’s EXAMPLE of being SELF-CENTERED and ONLY SERVING your own SELFISH desires right into HELL with ALL the other SELF-CENTERED SINNERS for ALL ETERNITY. But you have the OPPORTUNITY to change your direction and FOLLOW Christ, by: CONFESSING your sins to God and asking for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU and is ALIVE, in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION. Do it NOW, while you STILL can. He’s waiting!!!