Oct 23, 2017  |     |   General

     I was listening to John 13: 1-17 today. It reminded me of what Jesus calls us to do every day. In the beginning of John 13 he washed his disciple’s feet. Jesus was doing this knowing that his hour would soon come. Knowing there was suffering to come, and he served others regardless. These verses spoke to me today.

“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” –John 13:15

     I want to be a servant like Jesus, and I want to be more like Jesus, but my actions do not match up with my words. I can tell how much my actions and words match, because if God calls me to do something that isn’t as fun, I ask myself, “Do I find someone else to do it, or so I submit to God’s authority?”
     Jesus served his disciples even though he knew he was about to die and suffer for us—it makes me ask, “Do I rationalize that I have done a lot of hard things today, so maybe this is for someone else?” Jesus served willingly and gladly, and when I serve, do I do it with a smile, or is it forced? Is my heart truly at peace? 
     As I read this, I learn more and more what it means to truly be a servant like Jesus. I meditate on the depth of what Jesus did for me and others. Being servant-hearted is not a title to be worn, it is a life to be lived out in word and deed. Would we be people that are an example of Jesus, and when people see us, do they see Jesus?
     Be encouraged, dear friends. The beauty of the gospel is even if we have fallen short, we can come to God humbly and ask him to teach us how to serve like Jesus. The beauty of the Gospel is Jesus who died for us, so we could have abundant life now and for eternity. As we imitate Jesus, we experience the fullness of His joy!

Trudy Woodward
Permanent Supportive Housing Director