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(fyi, wrote this with eyes close, and without double checking errors. & it was more of a brain dump)

We as a society have learned to receive everything. We have been accustomed to having things down for us. WE have automatic sinks so that we don’t have to turn the faucet on. We go to coffee shops because we don’t want to make our own coffee for much cheaper. We go to fast food chains because it’s to much work to make our own food, that tastes better, is better for you, and cheaper. If the remote isn’t near us, we won’t get up to change the channel. Sometimes we will be hungry, but to lazy to get up. We’d gladly take it if it was served to us, but since it is not, we’ll pass. Not only that, but it accumulates over with how we want instant results. We want to look good without working out or eating healthy. We want to have money without having to do the work. We want to became great, without having to put in the work. We want to get better without taking the time for ask for help, we expect others to come help us. I’m extremely guilty of this myself. I’d much prefer to be served than to serve. Now of course I won’t tell others that, but that is naturally who I am. I think we are all guilty of this to an extent. We want greatness, but we are to lazy to put in the work. We want something, but won’t seek after it unless someone us does it for us. We look to be served.

More examples: We want a clean house, but we won’t pick up after ourselves. We expect someone else to. I’ve noticed that some guys won’t even flush a urnal if it isn’t an automatic flush. We dream of the places we want to go, we ‘pin’ the things we want to make, do, and/or eat, but we usually don’t put in the effort to make those dream comes true. But we get jealous of those on youtube who have worked their butts off to be able to live our dreams.

Now here’s an anomaly.

Jesus Christ came into the world to serve, not to be served.

Matthew 20:28

 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,and to give his life as a ransom for many.

I really feel like that defies everything that we’ve sorta become. It’s not that the world told us we are to be served. But over the years we’ve sorta come to expect others to serve us. But in reality, we aren’t worth being served. What have you done as in individual that makes you more important than the next person, especially so important that you should be served?

The only person worth serving is Christ, but despite that, He came to serve us. Humbling. With that in mind, it begs to ask the question, how can we serve others? In the littlest of things, in the biggest of things, how can we serve others? How can we humble ourselves before others?

John 13:5-6

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.

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

Jesus washed His disciples feet. That’s gross in and off it self, but considering they didn’t have as good of hygiene as we do today, and that they were sandals, their feet are GROSS.  What does it look like today to follow the example that Jesus set. What does it look like for us to wash the feet of others? It means, no one is to good for us, doesn’t it? No one is below us. Even if you’re the best, you’re not.

For me, I think sometimes I try to dismiss others because I don’t like how they are, or I think to be blunt with my thoughts, that I am better than them for one reason or another. Only because they are different than me, and I can’t seem to normalize our differences?

James 2:3-4

If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

I think again, that’s why James is talking about here in James 2. For whatever we like to favor some people over others because we rate them as a better person. But those who we dismiss, are still people. People who still have the same needs and wants that the rest of us have.

To pull this all together to an end, I believe as christians, we need to intentionally seek out ways that we can serve others, even to the point of humbling ourselves and perceiving our self image to not be as good as others, and that their should be no discrimination in who we serve.

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We are His children

Proverbs 4:1-2 (NIV)

Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;
pay attention and gain understanding.
I give you sound learning,
so do not forsake my teaching.

Proverbs 4:1-2 (KJV)

Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
or I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.

How many times now has God inspired Solomon to listen to our fathers, to seek wisdom and understanding, and not to forsake the law? A lot right. This reminds of my relationship with my mother. She has to constantly tell me to do stuff over and over again, always nagging at me to get it done. Why does she do this? Because I am horrible at listening sometimes, I get distracted, and sometimes I just forget but she keeps reminding me over and over again to make sure it gets done because it’s important. It’s important because it needs to get done, and it also teaches me responsibility (eventually).

I like to think God is doing the same to us. We are His children and as children we don’t always do as our parents tell us. They have to keep reminding us over and over again because we get distracted in our own little world and loose sight of what is best for us and focus on the silly things that grab our attention. This morning I read in Isaiah 28:9-10 (NLT)

“Who does the Lord think we are?” they ask.
“Why does he speak to us like this?
Are we little children,
just recently weaned?
He tells us everything over and over—
one line at a time,
one line at a time,
a little here,
and a little there!”

Here the Israelites are complaining about how God treats them like children and has to constantly remind them of the little things. Instead of being humble in their ways, they are proud and don’t appreciate God talking to them in this way. If you read further you will see that God punishes them for being proud.

We must humble ourselves before God as children, in reality isn’t that what we really are to God? His little children. We should be thankful when He reminds us over and over again for such little things. He sees the importance in reminding us, and He sees that we have gotten distracted from Him, so He gives us these reminders over and over again to help keep us on His path.

As you read these passages, don’t brush them off, but do as they say! Take seriously the instructions of our elders, they have lived life already and are wise in their ways. Pay attention and seek understanding and wisdom, we have discussed many times its benefits. Last but not least, let’s not forget about all the teaching Christ has given us! Don’t brush it off, don’t be proud like the Israelites and think you are already good. You’re not, no one is good enough, so let’s humble ourself before Him and take seriously His teachings. Read the Scriptures so that you may learn His teachings, become equipped for the battlefield, to heal your soul, and remind yourself of His amazing grace!