by Stephen Whitney

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Series: Symbols of Discipleship
Stephen Whitney
John 13:1-15

John Ashcroft had just moved from the governor’s mansion in Jefferson City, Missouri, to Washington, D.C. to become a U.S. Senator. The night he was sworn in to the Senate in 1995 his father arranged for some close friends and family - maybe 15 to 20 people - to gather for dinner. His father saw a piano in the corner of the room and said, “John, why don’t you play and we’ll sing?”

He said, “Okay, Dad, you name it, I’ll play it.” “Let sing, ‘We are Standing on Holy Ground.’ ” It was one of his father’s favorites, but he was not engaging in some sentimental ploy by suggesting it. He had a profound purpose in his request.

The family gathered the next morning at a house not far from the Capitol that was maintained by a group of friends for the express purpose of bringing members of Congress together for spiritual enrichment. At the time Ashcroft did not realize how weak his father was. He later learned his father had told an acquaintance, “I’m hanging on by a thread, and it’s a thin thread at that, but I’m going to see John sworn in to the Senate.”

As the family visited together, the earnestness of the senior Ashcroft’s voice suddenly commanded everyone’s attention. “John,” he said, “please listen carefully.” Everyone focused on John’s dad. “The spirit of Washington is arrogance,” he said, “and the spirit of Christ is humility. Put on the spirit of Christ. Nothing of lasting value has ever been accomplished in arrogance. Someday I hope that someone will come up to you as you’re fulfilling you duties as a senator, tug on your sleeve, and say, “Senator, your spirit is showing.”

Humility Humble, humility or lowly (29x) - Gk. to stoop low The word has the idea of serving another person. Matt. 11:28-29 Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart . . . Our Engl ...

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