If only we would follow in the footsteps of our LORD, many a – issues we face in our lives may not be present.
The message Pastor Cyril Yerifor, preached from the book of John chapter 13 vs 3 is what I want to share with us, as it blessed me immensely.
John 13:3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;
That, in the above scripture, was the knowledge Jesus had concerning His “status” with God. Yet what did He do next?
He removed, His garments, got down on His hands and knees before His disciples and washed their feet.
What an example!
What do we do with acquired knowledge concerning anything? Especially one we perceive as putting us at an advantage over others?
What do we do with information that sets us apart, keeps us on top or makes us preferred especially in the eyes of men?
This situation brings to mind a Bible passage:
1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
I do not believe we can perform in the way that Jesus demonstrates for us in John 13 vs 3, if we do not have charity to edify both us and those we come in contact with. So we can become a blessing to others with the knowledge that God has given to us.
That for me is point number one.
We have to constantly realize that whatsoever we have, tangible or otherwise, it is God that has given it to us.
We must not allow ourselves to get carried away enough to begin arrogating to ourselves attributes that only God is and deserves.
How we treat others should be a reflection of who we are in Christ and our everyday determination to draw closer to God in spite of ourselves in surrender to His LORDSHIP.
Then we will not respond by being proud, reckless, careless and what have you.
As we all know, to edify means, to build, construct, instruct morally and intellectually.
What blessing and growth we would experience, each time we edify one another especially on acquisition of knowledge or higher status.
We need to rid ourselves of the mentality that we have to carry and behave ourselves in a certain way to show our status or place in society else we will not be treated as we deserve.
Which brings me to another point mentioned by Pastor Cyril;
When we are performing a manual job or work perceived as menial, and people are looking down on us, it is not the job that needs to change but our attitude.
For it is how we behave to people that essentially is mirrored back to us!
Who says you have to be respected or disrespected because of the job you do? Rather, it’s the way we go about the job that makes others put us down or not.
Humbling ourselves to serve, should not in anyway reduce us. Submitting to one another, should not give us a complex, how be it an inferior one.
Our LORD Jesus Christ has demonstrated to us how we need to treat one another, even the Judas we know.
Let us therefore, rid ourselves of whatever “cloak” that keeps us from following in the Master’s step, taking towel, basin and water and get down to work.
Let’s open our hearts to the love of God, redeeming the time, for our LORD Jesus cometh.