There are some great lessons concerning all arenas of life from the Bible. Most of life‘s answers to the many important questions the world can throw to us, perhaps all of them, they can be found on many of these Bible passages, and The Lord Jesus’ teachings.
For instance; let us go over the book of John chapter 13, from verse 1 to 17, and learn something again from The Lord Jesus. Reading from New King James, it records:
Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.” For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, “You are not all clean.” So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. 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 should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”
- Lead by Example
You have heard that phrase that says, “Monkey do what monkey see.” Even The Lord Jesus said in the book of John chapter 5 verse 19, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself. He does only what He sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.” Lead by example, teach by example, this is what The Lord Jesus was telling His disciples when He was washing their feet. He said, “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 should do as I have done to you.” Checkout also <<<Servant Leadership>>> As a leader, people will appreciate more if you show them and demonstrate to them the good example they should follow. As you know, we can watch and copy one another even from far distance. Our leadership will begin to earn and gain credibility only when we start to model to people things and change they want to see and improve in their lives also. This is also at our homes, not just in our workplaces, or as we portray ourselves in public as we are known by our societies. Sometimes it can feel like one action is better than a thousand words. Our actions can speak louder than anything else.
- Seek to Understand First, and If You Don’t, Follow Your Instincts
It is always good to seek understanding. In fact in the book of Proverbs chapter 4 verse 7, it says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” But sometimes, like this quote by Soren Kierkegaard that says, “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” In the New Translation Bible version actually it records verse 6 and 8 that, “When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to Him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.” “No,” Peter protested, “You will never ever wash my feet!” Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to Me.” And I love what Peter said in the following verse, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!” Peter didn’t understand what was going on, or why The Lord Jesus wanted to wash his feet, but since he wanted to belong to Him, and he trusted Him, Peter said, “Lord, You can bath me if you want too…hahaha, wash not just my feet, my hands and head as well…hahaha.” Peter followed his instincts; he didn’t understand everything in the beginning, but he knew Who Jesus was. In the book of Matthew chapter 16, verses 13 to 17, it says, “When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven.” Sometimes things can happen in your life, and you just have to trust all is going to be well with you regardless how it may look now. If you stand on God’s promises, what He says He will do, He will do, even if it may take longer than you expected.
- We are Called to Love and Serve One Another, but also Love and Honor God
Even with our God-given gifts, attained talents and skills, we possess them so that we may serve one another, for the benefits of one another, and usually for greater good. We are all stewards on this earth; nothing really belongs to us, but God, our Father, Creator, and Maker. All we are given to this life is for us to use and share them with one another while we are here on earth. In the book of Psalm chapter 24 verse 1, it says “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.” But also in the book of Acts chapter 17, verses 24 to 28, it says; “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since He is Lord of heaven and earth, He doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve His needs—for He has no needs. He Himself gives life and breath to everything, and He satisfies every need. From one man He created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and He determined their boundaries. “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward Him and find Him—though He is not far from any one of us. For in Him we live and move and exist.” God is the permanent and forever owner of everything. So The Lord Jesus told them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” He also went on saying, “A servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” In the book of John chapter 13 verses 34 and 35, The Lord Jesus said, “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
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