Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Oughta Serve Somebody

In the words of Mr. Bob Dylan, "Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord... but you're gonna have to serve somebody." Tomorrow is Maundy Thursday. This is not a day that gets as much attention during Holy Week as Good Friday or Easter Sunday but let me challenge you to make it a special day of observance.

If you are Catholic or Anglican you are likely to take part in a communion service or even a foot washing ritual. This day which takes its name from the Latin word for commandment (mandatum) commemorates Jesus' gathering with his disciples in the Upper Room to observe Passover. During this gathering Jesus gave new meaning to the Seder meal and prepared His followers for horrific events of the crucifixion.

He also did a most unusual thing for a rabbi and even more amazing for the Son of God. He took the role of a servant and washed the feet of His disciples. He was teaching them the posture of humility and servanthood they would need to demonstrate as His emissaries into the world for the gospel's sake. This posture is given to them as a command in John 13:34, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another."

So let us observe Maundy Thursday by honoring our Lord through gospel-driven acts of service to others. Display the gospel and love of our Lord through servanthood. Serve your spouse, your co-workers, the people who annoy you, your servers at the places you eat, etc. Who know maybe it will become a lifestyle.

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