Do you have a leadership position? What type of leader are you? Do you have followers or are you just going for a walk? Is your focus on others or on yourself? Is your focus to serve or to order? Are you trying to dictate or are you leading? Are you leading by example? Are you leading in a way that helps others do better, be better?
Today’s reading speaks to this point…
Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet
1It was now the day before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. He had always loved those in the world who were his own, and he loved them to the very end. 2Jesus and his disciples were at supper. The Devil had already put into the heart of Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, the thought of betraying Jesus. 3Jesus knew that the Father had given him complete power; he knew that he had come from God and was going to God. 4So he rose from the table, took off his outer garment, and tied a towel around his waist. 5Then he poured some water into a washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. 6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Are you going to wash my feet, Lord?” 7Jesus answered him, “You do not understand now what I am doing, but you will understand later.” 8Peter declared, “Never at any time will you wash my feet!” “If I do not wash your feet,” Jesus answered, “you will no longer be my disciple.” 9Simon Peter answered, “Lord, do not wash only my feet, then! Wash my hands and head, too!” 10Jesus said, “Those who have taken a bath are completely clean and do not have to wash themselves, except for their feet. All of you are clean—all except one.” ( 11Jesus already knew who was going to betray him; that is why he said, “All of you, except one, are clean.”)
–from John 13
Do you understand the example Jesus is giving us? We are to be servant leaders! Serving other out of love! Being faithful to God’s calling upon our lives! Pursuing Him and His example! Trusting Him and living to glorify Him! Let’s help others! Let’s share the hope that is within us! Let’s share the truth that has set us free! Let’s imitate the good we know!
1From the Elder—To my dear Gaius, whom I truly love. 2My dear friend, I pray that everything may go well with you and that you may be in good health—as I know you are well in spirit. 3I was so happy when some Christians arrived and told me how faithful you are to the truth—just as you always live in the truth. 4Nothing makes me happier than to hear that my children live in the truth.
Gaius Is Praised
5My dear friend, you are so faithful in the work you do for other Christians, even when they are strangers. 6They have spoken to the church here about your love. Please help them to continue their trip in a way that will please God. 7For they set out on their trip in the service of Christ without accepting any help from unbelievers. 8We Christians, then, must help these people, so that we may share in their work for the truth.
Diotrephes and Demetrius
9I wrote a short letter to the church; but Diotrephes, who likes to be their leader, will not pay any attention to what I say. 10When I come, then, I will bring up everything he has done: the terrible things he says about us and the lies he tells! But that is not enough for him; he will not receive the Christians when they come, and even stops those who want to receive them and tries to drive them out of the church! 11My dear friend, do not imitate what is bad, but imitate what is good. Whoever does good belongs to God; whoever does what is bad has not seen God. 12Everyone speaks well of Demetrius; truth itself speaks well of him. And we add our testimony, and you know that what we say is true.
13I have so much to tell you, but I do not want to do it with pen and ink. 14I hope to see you soon, and then we will talk personally. 15Peace be with you. All your friends send greetings. Greet all our friends personally.
–from 3 John 1
Jesus has given us a good example to be able to live by. He was a servant leader and reached out to those others wouldn’t. He touched those in need right at their and in their moment of need! He went above and beyond! So let’s live lives that will glorify God! Let’s live lives that will make an impact for the kingdom of God! Let’s live lives that the world around us can see the difference and lift praise up to our Father in Heaven!
1-2Job, you upset me. Now I’m impatient to answer. 3What you have said is an insult, but I know how to reply to you. 4Surely you know that from ancient times, when we humans were first placed on earth, 5no wicked people have been happy for long. 6They may grow great, towering to the sky, so great that their heads reach the clouds, 7but they will be blown away like dust. Those who used to know them will wonder where they have gone. 8They will vanish like a dream, like a vision at night, and never be seen again. 9The wicked will disappear from the place where they used to live; 10and their children will make good what they stole from the poor. 11Their bodies used to be young and vigorous, but soon they will turn to dust. 12-13Evil tastes so good to them that they keep some in their mouths to enjoy its flavor. 14But in their stomachs the food turns bitter, as bitter as any poison could be. 15The wicked vomit up the wealth they stole; God takes it back, even out of their stomachs. 16What the evil people swallow is like poison; it kills them like the bite of a deadly snake. 17They will not live to see rivers of olive oil or streams that flow with milk and honey. 18They will have to give up all they have worked for; they will have no chance to enjoy their wealth, 19because they oppressed and neglected the poor and seized houses someone else had built. 20Their greed is never satisfied. 21When they eat, there is nothing left over, but now their prosperity comes to an end. 22At the height of their success all the weight of misery will crush them. 23Let them eat all they want! God will punish them in fury and anger. 24When they try to escape from an iron sword, a bronze bow will shoot them down. 25Arrows stick through their bodies; the shiny points drip with their blood, and terror grips their hearts. 26Everything they have saved is destroyed; a fire not lit by human hands burns them and all their family. 27Heaven reveals their sin, and the earth gives testimony against them. 28All their wealth will be destroyed in the flood of God’s anger. 29This is the fate of wicked people, the fate that God assigns to them.
–from Job 20