VIA will be taking a serious look, throughout 2016, at what it means to be a servant. Lots of books & articles have been written on the subject but practically speaking what does it take to cultivate servanthood? VIA will be hosting a Servant’s Dinner in March. How do we incorporate a lifestyle of servanthood into our daily living? What does a Christlike servant look like? We’ll wrangle with these questions throughout the year. We encourage your input. BUT first and foremost we must go to God the Father, the Source and ask, “am I being your servant right here, right now in the midst of my daily life?” The account of Jesus washing the disciples feet in John 13 is often viewed as instituting “foot washing” but the entire scene is to teach us about love, humility & selfless service. In the culture of that day, foot washing was a menial task, but a necessary one, so typically a servant would administer the wash for guests. Since there were no servants in the upper room it was left up to the disciples themselves. Did anyone volunteer? Well, here’s the lesson….no one volunteered so Christ Jesus takes on the task in order to teach humility. Jesus is one part of the Trinity & if He was willing to get down on His knees what is that telling us? A true servant doesn’t wait to be asked, a true servant discerns a need & moves forward to complete the tasks necessary. A true servant, like Christ Jesus, is willing to serve even when rejection & criticism comes from those he is serving. Verse 17 concludes the section by telling us that when we know these things….and do them….then we are blessed, God honors servants. What a magnificent gift the Father gives if we will listen.
—Kelli Schuttinga, Volunteer Coordinator