A Towel and Basin Christian
Matthew 20:28 and John 13:1-17
INTRODUCTION: Paul challenged the church at Rome to not be ''lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.'' Just as worship, love, and service are hard to separate, once again, service is so connected to humility in the New Testament that it seems that one must first place themselves in submission to Christ before they can know the joy of service. Humility springs from the total dependence on the grace of God. The humility of others who serve Christ is not merely the absence of pride or the awareness of limitations:
On one occasion, someone said to Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission, ''You must sometimes be tempted, Mr. Taylor, to be proud because of the wonderful way God has used you. I doubt if any man living has had greater honor.'' To this gracious word Mr. Taylor replied, ''On the contrary, I often think that God must have been looking for someone small enough and weak enough for Him to use, and that He found me.''
''Service is the overflow of super abounding devotion; but, profoundly speaking, there is no call to that, it is my own little actual list and is the echo of my identification with the nature of God. Service is the natural part of my life. God gets me into a relationship with Himself whereby I understand His call, then I do things out of sheer love for Him on my own account.
To serve God is the deliberate love gift of a nature that has heard the call of God. Service is expressive of that which is fitted to my nature: God's call is expressive of His nature; consequently, when I receive His nature and hear His call, the voice of the Divine nature sounds in both and the two work together. The Son of God reveals Himself in me, and I serve Him in the ordinary ways of life out of devotion to Him.''
In the passage of John 13, the gospel story so reveals the character of Jesus and so perfectly shows His ...
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