Serve in Love
John 13:13-15

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Serve in Love
John 13:13-15 ESV

You call me Teacher and Lord,
and you are right, for so I am.
14If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet,
you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
15For I have given you an example,
that you also should do just as I have done to you.

BLESS

Genesis 12:2 (ESV)
And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.

Begin in Prayer

Jesus came to find those who were lost and to help those who were hurting. As we seek to join Him in His mission, we begin with prayer recognizing that we can only do this with His help and power. – FRANC.

Listen with Care

To Bless others we must begin with listening rather than talking. Jesus often engaged people by asking them questions and loving them through conversation. When people are heard and understood, they feel safe, loved and valued.

Eat Together

To bless others we seek was to share a meal together. Through simple act of eating together, we practice hospitality, build community and deepen relationships.

Serve with Love

Perhaps the most powerful way to bless others is by serving them in love. Jesus ministry was characterized by service.

Mark 10:45 (ESV)
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Share your Story

Once begin building a relationships and earning trust, look for opportunities to BLESS others by sharing your story of how Jesus transformed your life.

Saved to Serve

Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Genesis 12:2 (ESV)
And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.

Philippians 2:4-8 (ESV)
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Isaiah 53:4-6, 11b

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
11b …by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.

3 Questions

How do we follow Jesus and serve/bless others?

How did Jesus serve/bless us?

What did Jesus give in service to others?

How do we follow Jesus in this and serve others how we have been served, bless others how we have been blessed, love others the way we have been loved?

John 13:34-35 (ESV)
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

So how did Jesus serve us? By dying in our place, doing for us what we could never do for ourselves, relieving our debt (need, wash our feet/hearts & souls), showing us the Father’s love, heart and way. By becoming poor that we might become rich, He sacrificed so that we could be saved,

And what did He give – Himself not money! “It harder to give 5 mins. than it is 5 dollars.” Yet He relieved our debt, how do we do that for others – we give the way God gave, we serve the way Jesus served – We SERVE WITH LOVE!

Who? – Romans 12:14 (ESV)
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

Galatians 5:13 (ESV)
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.

1 Peter 4:10-11 (ESV)
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.

Matthew 20:25-28 (ESV)
But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, 28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

1 Corinthians 9:19 (ESV)
For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.

2 Timothy 2:24-26 (ESV)
And the Lord’s servant (Joshua / James) must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 25 correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.

John 13:1-17 (ESV)
Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4 rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” 8 Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.” 12 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? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.