JOY IN SERVING

John 13:1-11

He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet” (John 13:5).

Jesus’ disciples must have been shocked to see Him get up from the table in the middle of a meal, take off His outer garment, wrap a towel around His waist, and begin filling a basin with water.  He was about to wash their dusty, dirty feet!  This was the work of a servant—not their Leader and Host!

Furthermore, this Servant would soon give His life as the ultimate act of service.  “The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy” (Psalm 126:3).  We are called to follow His example and we are free to serve others joyfully! 

It is so gratifying to be an instrument in God’s hand—in the name of Jesus—leading people to Him as their Savior, bringing transformation to troubled lives, comforting the sick and sorrowing.

In his blog, 1-8-10, Roy Lessin wrote:

When Jesus worked, He worked as no man had ever worked. When He found the sick He showed them the way to healing, when He found the impure He showed them the way to cleansing, when He found the broken He showed them the way to wholeness, when He found the heavy of heart He lead them to the fountains of joy, when He found those in darkness He lead them to His glorious light, when He found the thirsty He lead them to the rivers of living water.

Jesus still works and He is still speaking. What is He working in your life? What is He saying to your heart? Is there a new step of faith to take? Is there a new ministry He is leading you to do? Is there a change He wants to make within you? Is He asking you to trust Him at a deeper level? Is He saying to be still and wait? Let Him work, let Him speak, let Him have His way with you and your obedience will be clothed with joy.

“I take joy in doing your will, my God” (Psalm 40:8 NLT), and, how reassuring to know we are not left to serve in our own strength (Philippians 4:13).  He wants us to be immersed in the springs of gladness and serve Him and others joyfully (Psalm 100:2).

Since I started for the Kingdom,

Since my life He controls,

Since I gave my heart to Jesus,

The longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows. –William J. Gaither