First and Last

Talk about missing the point.

One day, Jesus’ disciples got into an argument about which one of them was the greatest. Jesus called them together and gave them a little wake-up call. He said:

SERVE One Another

It’s _____ ONE ANOTHER WEEK here on GUWG where all week long we’re looking at how the Bible says we should fill in that blank.

Today’s word? SERVE. Here’s our key verse:

Serve one another in love. (Galatians 5:13)

The ancient Bible-y word for “serve” in this verse was douleuo, which actually means “performing the duties of a slave.” In other words, we’re called to put others’ needs way way waaaaaay above our own.

Sheep or Goat?

GUWG-Sheep-GoatWe continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

Are you a sheep or a goat? Believe it or not, that’s a question with eternal implications.

For the past several days, we’ve been discussing Jesus’ Olivet Discourse — a series of lessons he taught on the Mount of Olives during his final week on this planet. Today, we reach the heart-hitting conclusion of that teaching:

How to be a Disciple

GUWGSeedWe continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

In today’s passage, Jesus passes along several valuable lessons to his disciples:

Want to be first?

GUWG-First-and-LastWe continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

The disciples were having an argument, prompting this question from Jesus:

Servant Leadership

This week, we’re walking in Jesus’ footsteps to the cross and beyond.

Imagine for a moment that you’re Jesus. You have one last meal with your disciples. What one lesson do you want to leave them with and how will you teach it?

In describing the scene, one disciple began his account by remarking that: “Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God” (John 13:3).

Let me ask my question another way. If you knew that (1) you had all the power in the universe, (2) your betrayer was sitting right there at the table with you, (3) he would turn you in for thirty measly silver coins to the religious leaders who would falsely convict you in a mockery of a travesty of a sham of a trial and (4) you would be tortured, spat on, publicly humiliated and then crucified by the Romans, what would you do?

Incinerate Judas? Smack down the religious leaders? Blow up the Romans? Beam yourself up to heaven?

Well, here’s what Jesus did:

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 13:4-5)

Huh? The disciples were confused and had no idea how to react. When Jesus got to Peter, he objected. “No,” Peter said, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus responded: “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

“Then, Lord,” Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” (John 13:8-9)

Our response should be the same.

Jesus concluded by saying:

“Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (John 13:12-15)

FOLLOW JESUS’ EXAMPLE:
SERVE

Sheep or Goat?

Are you a sheep or a goat? Believe it or not, that’s a question with eternal implications.

When Jesus returns, He’ll “separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” (Matthew 25:32)

Here’s what He’ll say to the sheep:

“Come you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” (Matthew 25:34-36)

The sheep are confused. They ask:

“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did you see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” (Matthew 25:37-39)

Jesus’ reply:

“I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)

I don’t know about you, but I find that plenty motivating. Need more? Here’s what Jesus says to the goats:

“Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.” (Matthew 25:41-43)

The goats are confused, too. They ask:

“Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?” (Matthew 25:44)

Jesus’ reply:

“I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” (Matthew 25:45)

What do the goats get? Eternal punishment. The sheep? Eternal life. Sounds like a pretty clear choice.

Want to serve Jesus? Feed the hungry. Take in strangers. Clothe the needy. Care for the sick. Visit prisoners.

BE A SHEEP