Joh 13:12-17 After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord--and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
Todays passage builds on the thought of yesterday. There are two ways of being a leader: one way is to tell people what they ought to do; the other is to show people what you mean by doing it first. Jesus’ leadership was the latter. He taught about being of service by serving. He then explains to his students “For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you” (John 13:15).
My invitation this weekend is for us to talk less about what is Jesus-pleasing behaviour, and just get on with being faithful followers of Jesus' example.
- "Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the only means."
Fifth Sunday after EpiphanyThe Cost of Ministry
(Scripture reference page 77 A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and other Servants)