“I HAVE GIVEN YOU AN EXAMPLE” (John 13:15)
⏰Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter (16 May 2019)
📖Acts 13:13-25; Ps 89:2-3, 21-22, 25 and 27 (R.v.2a); John 13:16-20
🎤”I HAVE GIVEN YOU AN EXAMPLE” (John 13:15)
My dear, the events of the Lord’s Supper can be described as a mystery of love and service where Jesus offered himself to us and commanded us to do same for others.
Nobody can really love and serve without humility and selflessness. Otherwise, we might keep rationalising over whether it is right for us to love or whom to love or offer our service to and then miss to fulfill the mandate of Christ for us to love one another as he has loved us (cf. John 13:34).
In Acts 13:25, Paul presented John the Baptist as an epitome of that required humility. He rendered a selfless service to Christ and knew exactly what he was called to do and sticked to it. How many of our leaders today would not jump at such a dubious opportunity that John had and usurp the power that belongs to Jesus? Have we (civil and religious leaders) not turn ourselves these days into another Jesus in power but not in service?
Kindly remember to pray for all leaders; pray for me, for the grace of humility and selflessness.
Note however, that humility and selflessness must not lead us to stupidity. Be cautious even while you are showing love because the devil is prowling round like a roaring lion looking for someone to eat (1Pet 5:7). Hence, you must be as gentle as the dove and at the same time, wise as the serpent (Matt 10:16).
May God help us to love much this day and heal the wounds of those who had suffered in the past for this love. Amen.
Have a beautiful day ahead under the loving gaze of Christ. Peace be with you.