A MAN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD
Jesus is a Servant
Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
John 13:3-5 NIV
Power struggles are seen in a variety of places. Parents try and exercise power over their children, spouses over each other, bosses over their employees, world leaders over their subjects and over other world leaders. Yes…even in the church, power struggles can exist. It is in our sinful nature, humankind desires to be first…on top…upfront and noticed.
Jesus had power over everything. God had given him control over what to do on earth. And yet, Jesus chose to wash the feet of his disciples...even the feet of the one he knew would betray him. He wanted to show us a better way in which to be great. In fact he even used these words: …but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you, must be your slave. (Matt. 20:26-27)
In the act of washing the disciples feet, Jesus demonstrated what real servanthood looks like…laying aside status...laying aside self...and acting with compassion and love toward another.
At Rockport we strive to offer many activities in which to choose from to follow Jesus’ example of servanthood. The leadership at Rockport makes a point to serve those in the congregation and community in various ways. One of the phrases you hear often at Rockport is, "I'd rather be kind than right."