Consumer to Contributor
…so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. ‘Do you understand what I have done for you?’ he asked them. ‘You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross!
BIG IDEA: We are not called to be consumers but to be contributors.
1. God calls you to serve His Church.
Ephesians 4:11-12, It was [Jesus] who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…
If a man’s gift is prophesying let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching let him teach; if it is encouraging , let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
2. God calls you to serve as His church.
Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good deeds and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
Ephesians 2:10, For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jess to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Titus 2:14 “[Jesus] gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people of his own, eager to do what is good.”