Having the Life You've Always Wanted (6 of 6) by M. Kenneth Lyon

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Having the Life You've Always Wanted (6 of 6)
Series: What Love Can Do Dr.
M. Kenneth Lyon
John 13:1-5
11/1/98

Let me start with a question. Why is it that loving is so hard to do? Did you ever think about that? I mean the scripture passages talk about loving over and over and over again. We hear, "They shall know we are Christians by our..." what? Love. And yet, it seems that it is so very hard to do. Look at the disciples who had been with Jesus, who had experienced his loving presence, who had been under his discipling. There, on the night of that last supper they come into the room, says Luke, in a contentious spirit. Not very loving. It would seem that an argument has been simmering for days over who is going to be the greatest: who is going to be number 1 in the pecking order: where are things going to fall out in this kingdom that Jesus is bringing into fruition from their prospective. It's symbolized quite visibly when they enter the upper room. It's a custom to have a servant to come and wash feet after long journeys, after dusty days. Surely, it's a menial task and the disciples are certainly peers with one another: at least that's how Jesus sees them. It would have been an act of graciousness, an act of loving service for a peer to kneel and wash another's feet. But not so this night. Because the disciples, so caught up in their own agendas, in the fluidity of the pecking order, not wanting to lose their place: not wanting to lose their place: not wanting to seem vulnerable: not wanting to voluntarily step down to a different level of participation in the group: refuse to stop forward and not one of them would embrace the task. Why is it that this loving is so very difficult?

Just recently. I heard about a church that spent 2 1/2 hours in a board meeting debating with vigorous rancor whether or not a certain thing ought to be in the sanctuary or not. Now, it wasn't simply a point of disagreement because, indeed. disagreements can happen and ...


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