In recent weeks leading up to this message Pastor John had been looking closely at the stewardship of finances. By taking portions of scriptures from both the New and Old Testament we have tried to let God’s own word create within us the faithfulness and stewardship that will please Him. The way this works is at first it creates within us a desire to be like Jesus then we perform.
The actual transformation of our attitudes and character follows the implantation of desire by the Holy Spirit. It too is the work of God.”
As we look closely at the parables and the teachings of Jesus, the theme of stewardship many times takes the turn towards the care and ministry of love to those called neighbors and each other.
The first commandment is the enabling commandment as we truly learn to love the Lord with all our hearts, minds and souls. We are given ability from that well spring relationship with God and from His presence to begin loving each other by first loving the Lord and then loving our neighbors. For this message Pastor John feels the Holy Spirit is dealing with him to talk about how the Holy Spirit supplies us with the correct attitude of loving towards one another.
The new love relationship begins in a priority system. First we begin to love our spouses in a way that pleases God. Then we begin to love our children and the greater family. After that we begin to love our brethren, which follows on to people we work with and our neighbors. Finally we begin to love people in foreign lands and love people we don’t know, beginning with compassion to release our loving and caring towards them and their needs.
In John 13 Pastor John looks at some of the hindrances to love and the way Jesus handled them. Ultimately looking at how do we learn to love one another.
I believe it is God’s Will for us to begin a renewed love commitment in the body. A greater love commitment that we have ever known before where we begin to really be a group of committed people. Not committed to a program, not commitment to building a program or a vision alone but committed to each other. Having made a commitment to lay down our lives, joining together, becoming identified with and being part of lives that the brethren may prosper. This has to be what Jesus meant. I want you to love each other as I have loved you.”
Philippians 2:13 NIV
13for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Ephesians 2:10 NIV
10For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
John 13:1-17 King James Bible
Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet
1Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. 2And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him; 3Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; 4He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
5After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. 6Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? 7Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. 8Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. 9Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. 10Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. 11For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.
12So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? 13Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 14If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.16Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. 17If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.