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The Joy of the Christ-Centered Life (2 of 4)
Series: DISCOVER THE JOY
John 13: 13-17
I believe there are a lot of believers who are miserable because they are trying to live a double life. They are trying to life with commitment to Christ but also a commitment to the world and to self and because they have not settled the issue of Lordship, they've not discovered the joy of serving Jesus and what it is really like to walk in the joy of the Lord. That joy is for every child of God.
Now today, I want you to look at John 13, beginning in verse 13. This is the time when Jesus washed the feet of the disciples to give them an example of what it meant to serve one another an minister to one another. You'll remember that at first, Peter did not want Jesus to wash his feet. He was appalled at the idea of Jesus washing his feet since he knew Jesus was master and Lord. But, Jesus said, "If you don't allow me to wash your feet, then you have no part in me."
Then, Peter reversed and said, "Don't just wash my feet, but wash me all over if that means I'm going to be more a part of you."
Look at the example that Jesus set in John 13, verses 13-17.
(13)"You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. (14)Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. (15) I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. (16)I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. (17)Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
Jesus said that the key to joy is discovering what it means to have a servant's heart and submit to one another and submit to the Lordship of Christ.
In the former Soviet Union under Communism, a little group of people had gathered for worship., About one hundred believers met in a secret place to worship the Lord and encourage one another. Just as the serv ...
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