Do you want to be great?
What does it mean to be great?
Who do you think of when you think about the great people of our world?
During the American Revolution a man in civilian clothes rode past a group of soldiers repairing a small defensive barrier. Their leader was shouting instructions, but making no attempt to help them. When he was asked by the rider why he was not helping the beleaguered soldiers, he retorted with great dignity, “Sir, I am a corporal!” The stranger apologized, dismounted, and proceeded to help the exhausted soldiers. The job done, he turned to the corporal and said, “Mr. Corporal, next time you have a job like this and not enough men to do it, go to your commander-in-chief, and I will come and help you again.” It was none other than George Washington. (Today in the Word, March 6, 1991).
When I think of great people, I most often think of the people who were great at serving others. I think of people like Mother Teresa. Standing at 5 feet tall, she was a giant who towered over us with her humble willingness to serve. Her life touched so many people and made such a difference.
This Sunday in worship we will look at John 13:3-17. Jesus washes the disciples feet. We will talk about how scandalous this was, subverting the customs of the day. We will distinguish the service that is freely given from the service that is demanded by the privileged. We will try to get our heads around what it means to follow the example of Jesus Christ, to serve others out of love. Perhaps we have been misled about what is necessary to be happy in this life. If we carefully examine the teaching and example of Jesus, perhaps we will move closer to the abundant life that Jesus wishes for us.
I look forward to worshipping with you.
— Pastor Kent