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The Power of Serving

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2019-06-24 (월) 09:54 조회 : 80
설교일 : 2019.06.23
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
본문말씀 : John 13:12-20

June 23, 2019

Christian Life Series #4

 

The Power of Serving

John 13:12-20

 

Rev. Eungyong Kim’s sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

“What special abilities are being bestowed upon us, when we believe in Jesus Christ?” We are asking this question, because we want to know what kind of changes happen in our lives after attending church regularly for some time. A true faith will change the believer’s life. And the lives of all the people who met Jesus during His ministry were changed drastically. If someone’s life is not changed at all, we begin to doubt that person really has faith in Jesus. Believing in Jesus means having the changes in our lives, as well as having the faith.

 

There are some people whose faith in Jesus somehow encourages them to be more convinced that they are always right. They often accuse the others to be wrong and criticize and judge them and ultimately hurt their feelings. It would be much more beneficial if they applied the same criteria against themselves to make sure that they are always doing the right thing in their lives.

 

Jesus didn’t talk much about our belief or faith. Instead, He showed us how to live. During His ministry of 3 years with the disciples, He personally showed them how to live. Why did He do that? Living a real life is different from the life of beliefs. Jesus is teaching us how to change our lives after meeting Him and believing in Him. Having witnessed the life of Jesus, our lives are bound to change. These changes don’t have anything to do with the others in our lives, as these are the results of our battle against ourselves in our life of faith.

 

What is the most important thing in your life? Is it your faith or is it the changed life? While I was growing up, I saw many people criticizing and judging others and fighting with them in church over their beliefs. I know that there are more instances of infighting at long established churches and that there are many shadowy members in the church. I have seen some members ignore others as if they do not exist. Do you think this is the right attitude for true Christians? How about our attitude in this church?

 

The event in today’s passage took place just one day before Jesus was arrested. We assume that Jesus did this because He thought the washing of His disciples’ feet was the most important thing for Him to do that day. He must have wanted to teach the disciples how to live as Christians. Before leaving them permanently, Jesus certainly wanted to teach the most important things to His disciples and for this purpose, He washed the feet of His disciples.

 

1.  Jesus demonstrated the life of serving.

 

Jesus washed the feet of His disciples, and it was the teacher who did the washing, not the disciples washing the feet of their teacher. The reason Jesus washed the feet of His disciples was to demonstrate ‘the life of serving’ to them.

 

What is the life of serving? When we talk about serving, many members think of what they are doing at church and say, “I have served the Choir for 20 years, I am serving the Kitchen Team, I am serving the Broadcasting Team, I am serving the Parking Team, I am serving the New Family team, etc.”

 

But serving is different from your service to community. What Jesus demonstrated to the disciples was how to serve. What is the difference? For example, a church and a social services organization both provide water-wells in an under-developed country. A social services organization provides the service according to their standards and their purposes. Their services may be very helpful to the people, but they only work to fulfill their vision of the community. On the other hand, the serving that Jesus demonstrated was to do the work according to the standard of God. Therefore, even though it may be the same service of providing a water-well, the intentions are different. The serving means doing the work that God says is right. We have to continue the serving, even when it is ‘different from my ideas and my beliefs’.The service based on my beliefs will be terminated when my ideas are changed, but the serving based on the principles of God cannot be terminated, even when it differs from my own ideas.

 

Jesus declared the reason for His coming down to earth as follows; “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”(Mark 10:45) He explained that He came to serve and emphasized that He was going to serve according to the will of God, as shown below.

 

“And this is the will of Him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that He has given me, but raise them up at the last day.”(John 6:39)

 

The life of serving that Jesus demonstrated for His disciples was ‘doing the work of God, according to the will of God.’ Therefore, the core value of our serving should be to serve God well. Your service may be just fulfilling your own vision, if it is not serving God.

 

The serving of Jesus for God had a special characteristic and it was His denial of self. Jesus denied Himself in all of His work in order to accomplish the will of God. He came down to earth as a man and met and worked with those who had low status in the society or were sinners. To accomplish the salvation of God, He denied Himself completely.iHi

 

Therefore, your true serving requires your self-denial.

 

In the chapter 20 of Leviticus, God gave a command to the Israelites that ‘anyone who gives any of his children to Molech must be put to death’. Why did God give this command? It was because there had been a custom of human sacrifices in Egypt for the purpose of increasing their prosperity. God felt so strongly against this custom that He specified this punishment in His covenant given to Moses on Mt. Sinai. He wanted the Israelites to become the holy people of God, and for their consecrated life, they were asked to give up their former life-style.

 

To live our life in accordance with the will of God, we, the Christians, are asked to deny ourselves when we serve others.

 

What kind of serving are you doing now? Whom or what are you serving? What are you denying yourself in order to serve?

 

2.  Serving has the power of cleansing.

 

When Jesus wrapped a towel around His waist and poured the water into a basin to wash the feet of His disciples, they must have been extremely surprised. Unlike Jesus, they had been arguing about ‘who was the bigger among themselves’, shortly before this. They were still in the dark and each of them was dreaming ‘a completely different dream under the same coverlet’. In chapter 20 of Matthew, there was a scene when the mother of James and John came to Jesus with her sons to ask for the preferential treatment of ‘one sitting on His right and the other on His left in His kingdom.’ After hearing this, the other disciples were indignant with the two disciples. We can see there was competition among the disciples and some feelings were hurt. Can we say we are really different from Jesus’ disciples? Even among us who are the members of the same church, aren’t we acting just like the disciples did?

 

 

Now, Jesus came to them to wash the feet of His disciples, and they were really surprised. Peter asked Jesus, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” The reason for his questioning was that washing someone’s feet was the job of the lowest servants at that time. What he said must have been on the minds of other disciples as well. In Peter’s mind, he couldn’t accept what Jesus was going to do. Then, Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” (13:7) “No, you shall never wash my feet”, said Peter. He couldn’t accept what Jesus was going to do, so he wanted to stop Jesus.

 

Then, Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” (13:8) To Peter who was refusing to be washed because of his misconception, Jesus made it clear that if he weren’t washed by Jesus, he wouldn’t have any relationship with Jesus.

 

In the chapter 3 of Exodus, there is the famous scene of 80-year-old Moses meeting with God and then starting on a new journey, and we have a question; Why would Moses, who had fled to the wilderness at 40 years old and was now an old man of 80 years old, obey God’s command right away and embark on such a difficult task? The following is the answer to our question.

 

After 40 years of hiding in the wilderness, Moses was visited by God. ‘When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here, I am.” “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:4-5)

 

God came to see Moses after 40 years and told him, “Take off your sandals.” Why did God ask him to take off his sandals? Among the Jews, by taking off his sandals, the person expresses his absolute obedience to ‘acknowledge the other person’s authority and submit to his guidance’. Therefore, what God wanted from Moses by asking him to take off his sandals was to ‘give up the path he was on and come out to the path of God’. God must have watched how Moses had lived the past 40 years in the wilderness. When Moses heard the words of God, he was reminded of his lonely life in the wilderness. Now that he found out God had been with him always, Moses must have felt that all his past hurts and wounds were being healed, and he was cleansed for a new life of new sandals. Because of God’s cleansing of Moses, he was able to live as an obedient servant of God for the next 40 years.

 

Before raising up Moses, God cleansed him first. God came to meet him and served him and healed him.

 

By washing the feet of His disciples, Jesus demonstrated to them how to serve. He knew what they were thinking and scheming, but He still wanted to wash their feet, because He knew the power of serving; Only those whose feet were washed will wash the feet of others. Therefore, Jesus showed the example so that His disciples would do the same to others.

 

Jesus knew how Peter was going to be used for God in the future; Peter would serve others, by washing their feet. And Jesus wanted Peter to have the experience of being washed by Him. That is why He said, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” This experience of cleansing enabled Peter to live the life of serving and then to his eventual martyrdom.

 

As members of the same church in our life of faith, we should realize this power of serving and begin to wash the feet of other members in the church

 

3.  The life of serving will raise others up

 

Jesus showed us the life of serving and cleansing, so that we can raise others up. Because Jesus cleansed Peter and served him, he was able to serve as the chief disciple. When we begin to serve, God will raise up His work through our serving. The true serving will accomplish God’s will.

 

How can we live the life of serving? Jesus has given us two advices.

 

1)  ‘No servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.’ (John 13:16)

 

There are some people who overestimate what they have done for others. All of us have this tendency to exaggerate our services to others, when serving others is what we are supposed to do for God. We can tell if someone’s serving is true or fake by looking into whom the person is serving, as there are people who are self-serving and there are those who serve only others. 

 

< At the end of every year, each Korean church is tested because of the matter of church appointments. Those who were not promoted to the higher positions of Exhorter or Elder would complain to me, “I have served our church with so much zeal. Now, how could the church treat me so badly?” I am wondering whom or what they had served in church. Jesus says no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him, but we may be trying to make ourselves greater by our serving. The fruits of serving should be raising God’s work and building up others. >

 

2)  ‘He who shares my bread has lifted up his heel against me.’ (John 13:18b)

 

Jesus knew that His close aide Judas Iscariot would betray Him and that his betrayal would be the fulfillment of Psalm 41:9. Just as David had been betrayed by his close aide and counselor Ahithophel during the coup d’éta of his son Absalom, Jesus knew that He would be betrayed by His close aide also. But Jesus still washed the feet of Judas Iscariot.

 

A true serving should not be dependent on your own judgement, and it should not divide, but unite people, as Jesus has shown us. What we should do is to serve and not to judge. We should not decide on whom we serve. A true serving means sometimes we have to take on more difficult work than we can handle comfortably.

 

How are you serving? Whom are you raising up? 


   

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제목 : The eager expectation of God
설교일 : 2019.08.18
본문말씀 : 1 Samuel 9:11-27
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
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