Recently I was visiting my sister’s church in Rochester, NY – The Father’s House – and I was quite impacted by the pastor’s sermon. Pastor Pierre du Plessis gave a powerful message and this Victory Call is part of my gleanings from his message. It is by no means complete and any departure from his intent is strictly my fault.
His overall message was about trusting God. Until we fully surrender we are not fully trusting God.
In part, he spoke of John 13 when Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. Pastor du Plessis challenged us in following Christ’s example to fight for the towel. I love that phrase because it gives a visual of the heart attitude of service. I am certainly guilty of picking and choosing when and where it is convenient for me to serve. What kind service is that if it doesn’t cost me anything? What kind of service is it if there is no sacrifice required? Well, that is when service is easy.
Think about it. Sitting in a room full of fellow believers, there will certainly be some that will be quick to take the towel and serve the rest and many that will be just fine being served. Which are you? We all like the ease of being served, don’t we? But Christ’s example is one of sacrificial service. That we be like Christ….
John 13:12-14 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.”
Matthew 20:26-28 “…But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
How about you? Next time will you “fight for the towel?”
Diane Hunt is part of the Development and Addiction Recovery teams at America’s Keswick. In addition to being a Biblical Counselor, she is a Women’s speaker for retreats, conferences and events. She is a regular writer for Victory Call and one of the authors of Crossing the Jordan Bible Study. She has been married to her husband John over 28 years. She has 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren and 3 adult step-children with 7 grandchildren making 10 in all. She delights reading and teaching, but mostly laughing at the funny things her grandchildren say and do.