How do you respond when you are being served?
The startled Peter said to Jesus when he saw Jesus taking one of his feet to wash, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?" Peter's response is natural and normal.
"Jesus, excuse me, but You are the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. You command storms to stop, demons to flee, diseases to be gone, people to be healed and raised from the dead. Only God can do these things. There is no way, God, You are going to wash one of the dirtiest parts of me; my stinking, filthy, ugly feet."
How hard is it for us to receive service that we do not deserve?
It is humbling. It is embarrassing. It is needed. It is overwhelming. It is wonderful. It motivates us to serve others. It causes gratefulness.
All week long, Southtown Baptist Church has been served. New bathrooms, new classrooms, new garage, new paint every where, new electrical work, and the list goes on.
Of course there were the two weeks plus of pre-work that needed to be done; the project managing and organizing, the deciding and purchasing of all the material, the bathroom tear outs, classroom and garage preparations, the financial giving and more. But now the cup is overflowing!
There have been over 50 people from other churches serving us in amazing and cheerful ways. There have been over 40 Southtowners serving these past 3 weeks as well.
What is our response? How can we praise God? How can we thank our brothers and sisters in Christ? What will each of us do? How can we say thanks?
Maybe we can write notes and emails of gratitude. Maybe we can come and say thanks face to face. Maybe we can team up with them next year to help another church.
Maybe we can invite friends to church to see and fill all the new places.
The goal that Charles Dunning has for these work project mission trips is to help work on the building of a sister church so that church can better reach their community for Christ. The best thanks that we can give Charles and his team is for us to pray and invite our friends and family who are far from God. Charles and his team would love to hear dozens of stories of conversion growth happening right at Southtown Baptist Church.
How will you respond to people serving us?
Seeking to respond the best we can together,
Growing up playing sports, I learned the power to debrief, evaluate, and review. After our football games, we would sit and watch the game over to see how we did in order to encourage and correct in order to improve. I have also learned this from Jesus because He would meet with His disciples after a ministry experience to talk about what the teaching meant. Have you done that this summer yet? Paul wrote the following...
"Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life." Gal 6:3-4 (Msg)
Summer is coming to an end more quickly than we wish. So, let's take time to push pause and evaluate. How are we doing? Are we encouraged by where we are in life, what is happening around us, who are we becoming?
What is our relationship with Jesus like right now? Is He close, distant or somewhere in between?
-What is our relationship with our spouse and children like? Are you making great memories this summer? Are you spending intentional time to connect and be involved in each other's lives? Do we know how each other is feeling and what their experiences are like?
-What about our relationship with our church family? Are we helping others be encouraged, cared for, prayed for? Do we feel close or a little distant?
-What about our relationship with others, especially those far from God? How are we serving and caring for them?
-What about our responsibilities at work, at home, at church? Are we well balanced or are we out of balance?
-What can you do today, this week, and each day to make sure you are moving closer to Jesus, closer to your spouse, closer to your family, closer to your church family, closer to the lost people in your life?
Praying for all of us to be fully alive with Jesus, His family and His mission.
Pastor Chris Reinertson enjoys all sports, especially those involving a ball. He loves to hang out with people and challenge them to be Jesus REVolutionizers.