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The Servant King

  • So when he had washed their feet, put his outer garment back on, and sat down again, he said to them, 'Do you know what I have done to you? You call me, 'Teacher' and 'Lord.' You say so correctly, for so I am.If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.' John 13:12 WEB

    During the time that Jesus lived on earth, when you were invited to dine at someone's house, you bathed before going. But as you traveled to their house, your feet would become dirty again from the dusty roads.

    It was customary that a servant would wash your feet on arrival to freshen you up. They did not permit Jewish servants to perform this lowly service. It was reserved for gentile servants or slaves.

    When Jesus and the disciples came into the upper room for the last supper, the servant was missing. All the disciples knew what needed to be done, but not one of them offered to do it because they had just been arguing over which of them was the greatest (Luke 22:24). They apparently felt that: 'I am not about to wash their feet. They can wash mine.'

    Jesus then knelt before each of them and washed their feet just as a gentile slave would have, when they should have scrambled to wash His. Other than Peter's outburst, it appears that the entire foot washing happened in embarrassed silence. Then He asked them: 'Do you know what I have done to you?' and He got more silence.

    Jesus told them: 'You call Me Teacher and Lord, and rightly so.' His humble act of serving them had not diminished His greatness. He was still Lord, just different from what even they expected. Jesus demonstrated that the greatest among them, needed to be ready to perform humble service for the least when necessary. 'The greatest among you will be your servant.'

    Humility does not diminish who you are, it perfects it. I can tell of so many times where God gave me a choice between humbly serving, or arrogantly ignoring. The times when I chose to humbly serve, I was soon promoted somehow in my life. The month before the Lord pushed me into becoming a pastor, I scrubbed all the toilets in our church because that day, the servant was missing.

    'God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time' (1 Peter 5:5'6).

    When an opportunity appears in your life where there is something that needs to be done, but the servant is missing. Lay aside your garment of pride and become the servant. Do it with joy and energy as if you were working directly for the Lord, for the greatest among you will be your servant. This is also the fastest path to promotion.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father thank You for sending Jesus as an example for us and help me to grow more and more like Him. Help me recognize divine opportunities that arise in my life, and make the right choice. Let me be Your servant, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Merry Christmas :)!!! We are thankful for all of you, for your prayers, encouragement, support and friendship throughout the year. You are all truly a gift, and we pray that you all have a joyful and peace-filled day! ALSO, in celebration of this blessed season, the Creation Photographers theme this "Wise Men Still Seek Him"! Creation Photographers


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Maria Mesia
Maria Mesia God's words in your everyday posts are a gift of life. Thank you pastor for deliver them to start the day every morning. Blessings to you and all your family.
December 25, 2018
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father thank You for sending Jesus as an example for us and help me to grow more and more like Him. Help me recognize divine opportunities that arise in my life, and make the right choice. Let me be Your servant, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Yes Please!!! Amen!! Merry Christmas Everyone (L)

December 25, 2018
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you dear God for our many blessings. I pray for relief dear Lord. Please open doors and minds. I love you dear Heavenly Father. Amen 

 

merry Christmas to everyone. Thank u for this devotional every day. Much Love and appreciation. 

December 25, 2018
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Merry Christmas, be forever greatful because He loves us enough to send His only Son Jesus to this earth!

December 25, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Merry merry Christmas, grateful to share the celebration of our Savior with all of you <3!

December 25, 2018
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Merry Christmas,Jesus let us serve you . Amen 

December 25, 2018
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Merry Christmas everyone! May you have a wonderful day, and be blessed in every way  :)

December 25, 2018
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Merry Christmas to all of my RHM family, and Pastor and Sylvia.

December 25, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Merry Christmas!   And praise  God  our king  is  born !

December 25, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, Merry Christmas everyone and Praise to Our Servant King!!!

December 25, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Let me be Your Servant, Amen. Merry Christmas to all!!!

December 25, 2018
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

December 25, 2018
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Merry Christmas Pastor Dion and Silvia, may this season of love, peace and joy be with you always!

December 25, 2018
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertsonedited: December 25, 2018

Amen! Merry Christmas Everyone!!! May God Bless You and your family richly! Happy Birthday Lord Jesus! 

December 25, 2018
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen

December 25, 2018
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Rose Sicilia
Rose Sicilia

Truth Amen Wishing you a wonderful Blessed Merry Christmas filled with peace and joy throughout the season! Wishing you also a Happy Healthy Prosperous New Year love you Rosie Sicilia

December 25, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us Your Son Jesus. Make us humble to obtain Your  grace and to serve You well, in Jesus name I pray. AMEN. Happy birthday Jesus.

Merry Christmas to all, blessings.

December 25, 2018
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Rhonda Jones
Rhonda Jones

Amen.  Awesome message.   Thank you.  A Blessed and Merry Christmas to all.  

December 25, 2018
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Bella Colliander
Bella Collianderedited: December 25, 2018

When I was in my 20's and attending a Penecostal Church, a sister in Christ washed my feet.  It was the first time ever and at first I was embarrassed but then I turned to wash hers.  It was a humbling, loveing experience.  It has not happened since; why??  Thank you Pastor Dion and Sylvia for being such blessed and inspiring brother and sister in Christ.  I appreciate our Lord for bringing you into my life.  God bless you both always. Merry Christmas.(L)

 

December 25, 2018
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

MERRY CHRISTMAS....... TO ALL MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS WITH RHM.  THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS BEING NEAR.  HAVE A BLESSED AND BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS. 

December 25, 2018
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

May everyone here at RHM have a bvlessed, joyous Christrmas!

December 25, 2018
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

MAY THE FIRST BE THE LAST, AND MAY THE LAST BE FIRST,PRAISE THE LORD.

December 25, 2018
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen! The Lord God Almighty humbled Himself and became a Servant unto death! And, all of that just for us, praise His Holy Name!!!

Oh Lord, let me be a lowly servant unto others to meet their needs according to Your will and purpose in the name of Jesus Christ I ask and pray, Amen!

December 26, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

December 26, 2018