John 13 is a passage that has always intrigued me…it’s the story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet and it begins like this:
Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.John 13:3-5
What intrigues me about it is the phrase that Jesus knew where he came from and where he was returning to, because that seems to be what empowers him to perform this lowly act of service for the disciples. And he ends this encounter by telling them to follow his example and wash one another’s feet.
I don’t think he meant they should spend time washing only the feet of their inner group. No, as Lord and Savior he had washed their feet. He was able to do that because he knew who he was and whose he was. This gave him confidence to serve in whatever way God called him to serve…wash the disciples feet or die on a cross for all of us.
So his disciples, his inner circle, needed to recognize who they were and whose they were. And then as the tellers of his story, they should go and wash the feet of those who needed to hear the story.
Orphan justice author Johnny Carr says this,
Poverty is not necessarily an issue to solve; it is an opportunity to serve. As we go through each day, our heart’s cry should be, Lord, where would you have me give, serve, and invest myself to bring hope to the poor?
Much has been written in the last year or two about how much good we are doing when we go on mission trips overseas or we work in poverty stricken areas of our own country. I’ve come to believe exactly what Johnny Carr says is true. We won’t solve poverty…but we can serve those who live in it daily.
When we recognize and can live in who we are and whose we are, we can truly begin to serve.
That’s what Compassion International is all about. Serving those who live in poverty in the name of Jesus. This month the Compassion bloggers have been blogging on a different assigned topic each week in an effort to meet the goal of 3,160 sponsored children in the month of September. The goal has actually been exceeded with over 3,300 children receiving sponsors this month…and we have a week left to go!!
I came to Compassion bloggers this summer while unemployed. I’ve always loved their work but had never sponsored a child. God placed this burden on my heart at a time when I would have to rely on him monthly to meet my commitment. This month I signed up to sponsor a little girl named Night who lives in Uganda. I can’t wait to receive my packet and begin writing Night to learn more about her, her family and how I can serve them. Uganda was my first choice as a country because Emily, my son’s girlfriend, has a heart for Uganda and is currently serving as a missionary there. You can read about Emily’s adventures at The Meditations of My Heart.
What about you? Will you trust God to provide for you as you serve the poor? It only takes $38 a month to make a difference in the life of a child. Ask God where he would have you give and serve and invest yourself today. Then click the picture below to sponsor a child who needs you.