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Disciple means servant

“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you” (John 13:14–15).

Many people know of the occasion when Jesus washed his disciples’ feet. It has become a well known act of humility and service. What might be slightly less known is just how radical this act was when Jesus performed it at the Last Supper. For a teacher or host to wash to wash the feet of his guests would have been highly unusual in Jewish culture. This was a menial task which servants of the house performed. By washing his disciples’ feet, Jesus was teaching them just how radically they were to also serve others.

To truly serve someone means to put that person first, which may require sacrificing something on our part. This could be our reputation, our time, money, or even our lives. But this kind of sacrificial service is the key to really living. This brings about the most profound joy, bears the most fruit.

Being a disciple means being a servant.



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Christian or disciple?

I discovered recently that the word ‘Christian’ only appears in the Bible on three occasions. It was a term mostly used by people outside of the ‘Christian’ community to define all of these new, radical, Jesus followers that were springing up everywhere.

If I were to ask 20 people what word comes to mind when they hear the word ‘Christian’, then I would probably get 20 quite different responses. It is a term that is not biblically defined and so to some extent we can determine ourselves what it means.

The word that is much more frequently used by Jesus’ followers and the apostles to define their relationship with Jesus is ‘disciple’. But this word is a lot more frightening to start using as it is quite clearly defined – Jesus specifically teaches about what it means to follow and emulate Him.

In future posts I would like to try and elaborate on what it actually means to be a disciple of Jesus.

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We are all something or someone’s disciple

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”   Matthew 6 v21.

I have been thinking a bit more on obedience and how we all obey or follow something whether we consciously choose to or not. In our post-modern society, we shy away from notions of objective truth, ironically we seem to feel that it is morally right that we are uninhibited and free to choose (outside of common law) that which we decide is right to obey. But I don’t think we can escape the reality that we are all someone or something’s disciple, whether this is a conscious decision or not.
To find out who or what we obey, one simply has to think about what he spends most of his time thinking about because that is where his heart really is, that is what he follows. Family, sex, job, social standing, finances, intelligence, the list is considerable. The problem is that whatever our treasure is, then that will end up defining who we are. If what I hold dearest is my job and I get fired, then my entire sense of who I am, my very identity, could be crushed.

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