Saturday, May 13, 2006

People Who Clean Up My Messes

Today's Topic: Scriptural Serving

OK, here comes a long Scripture passage. My temptation when I see a long quote is to scan over it and get to "the good stuff." Let's be clear. This quote is the good stuff. Read on...
"Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him... When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, 'Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.'" -- John 13:1-5, 12-17
I want to highlight some people that I believe God will bless because they wash other's feet. They clean up other's messes. They cleaned up my messes!

Today was one of our quarterly Tech Team Work Days. On these fun and unusual days, the tech teams take over the entire church building for 8 hours to do what I call entropy-reversing chaos-control. Basically they clean, fix, organize, and improve. They vacuum filters, mop floors, clean carpets, solder cables, organize shelves, label everything, and throw a whole lot of junk away. They do dirty work, and lots of it, effectively washing my feet and the feet of the whole church.

Feet washing honors God! When we do the dirty work, we exalt Christ by following his example. We admit that he is our master and that we are his servants. We are not above doing menial, humbling things because he was not above it. And we worship the Father by believing that he blesses those who serve others.

I want to thank Anna, Bob, Austin, Larry, Ebert, Sam, Nate, David, Danny, Phil, Kila, Alex, Frank, and Josh for taking a day out of your busy lives to serve others secretly and sacrificially. I believe you honored our Savior and will be blessed.
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