Think about the number of things that you learned by example. Maybe that’s how you learned basic skills like tying your shoes, or fastening buttons. Maybe that’s also how you learned higher level survival skills like making your bed, doing laundry, or cooking meals. It may even be that you learned about your work by watching how others did their jobs. There’s a lot to be said for the power of example—when it’s a positive one at least. Of course, it’s also possible for us to pick up bad or hurtful habits through the examples of others as well.
In John 13:15, when Jesus explains his unexpected action of washing their feet, Jesus says to his disciples, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you,” (John 13:15, NIV). While Mennonites have traditionally followed Jesus example literally in washing one anothers’ feet, it’s important for us to recognize that Jesus had more than this in mind. He was calling us to serve one another.
What are some ways that we can serve one another? How can we follow Jesus’ example? I would encourage you to think of one or two things that you can do this week—not things you already do, but new and perhaps unexpected ways that you can serve another person. Will you follow Jesus’ example?
The “virtual” Illinois Mennonite Relief Sale is rapidly approaching. You can read about some ways to participate elsewhere in this E-Gram. There is the online auction, and there is an opportunity to pre-order pies. There will also be a way to order other baked goods online in a “Dutch Market.” Make sure to support this event that goes to the worthy cause of the work of the MCC.
Today is supposed to be a gorgeous day, so I hope you are able to get out and enjoy it!
Scriptures for this week:
John 13:1-17—Why do you think Jesus taught about serving others by washing his disciples’ feet?
Deuteronomy 15:1-11—What principle is being taught here?
Matthew 23:1-12—Why do we sometimes struggle with the tendency to want to be noticed or placed in a higher position?
Philippians 2—What are some examples of “looking out for the interests of others”?