People of power. It’s a common phrase reserved for the higher ups in our culture. Reserved for government, CEO’s, professional athletes, and celebrities. You and me? We’re just ordinary people. We’re not people of power the way culture would see it.
It’s important to understand who exactly people of power are. As we finished up our Power Play series, we talked about how we often think that power is reserved for certain people. But in all honesty, we all hold power. We all have relationships that we hold some sort of power in. Every person that we regularly come into contact with are people that we probably have some amount of power in their lives. Friends, parents, siblings, teachers, coaches, are just some of the people that we have relational power with.
The issue with being unaware that we hold relational power, is that we are most likely handling that power poorly. Or even worse, we know we hold power and we handle it poorly.
We all know those people (or maybe are those people) that abuse power, they’re controlling, they distance themselves from everyone else, or are just arrogant. We swear we won’t be those people if we ever hold positions of power, but we need to know that time is now. We have that power now, and so we need to handle power well now.
Who do we look too to set the example? Jesus. We discussed that Jesus is not just a character in the Bible but a real person in history who claimed to be God (and is God) and holds all the power in the world and time in His hands. So…if Jesus has the most power how did he use it?
We find ourselves in John 13 where Jesus humbles himself to the washing of feet. We see Jesus not performing miracles, healing, forgiving sins, or feeding thousands. Instead, we see Jesus doing the smallest act of serving by washing His disciples dirty feet.
Later He would go to the cross and wash the disciples dirty hearts. What a picture of moving from small service to the biggest service!
So what do we…with the little power we do have…do with it?
WE SERVE! We do the little things! Jesus didn’t count himself as better than anyone EVEN THOUGH HE VERY CLEARLY WAS!
We are not above the washing of feet.
How are you teaching this in your home? How are you serving those that culture would deem less than you? How are you being Jesus to the community of Graham that desperately needs Jesus?
The church doesn’t need more dynamic preachers, aggressive Sunday School teachers, programs, or angry Facebook posters.
The church needs more people to do the little things. To love a lost community.
To wash feet.