“Servanthood & The Dirtiest Towel”

Posted: January 25, 2019 in Christian Life, Compassion, Giving, Salvation

   Recently I went to hear our son, Judd speak in a chapel service at the school where he teaches fifth grade students. He spoke to all the elementary students and their teachers. One of the things he talked about was “The Dirtiest Towel.” He used it to illustrate the need for us, as Christians, to serve God and others by cleaning up things that need to be cleaned. Having a servant’s heart [1] is such an important matter, especially these days when most people want to be served by others instead of serving others. So many people’s lives are spiritually dirty and need to be cleansed (Ephesians 5:26; Titus 3:5).

Example. Jesus set an example for true Christians when He washed His disciples’ feet. He used this to illustrate to them, not only about the importance of serving others, but also of our need for an initial “bath” for salvation, and a “foot washing” for daily cleansing (John 13:17; 15:3; 1 John 1:9).

Question. Do you like to be served, or would you rather serve God and others? There is a time for both. Some people don’t want any help from others. They think they can make it on their own. They fail to realize that God wants us to serve one another with love (Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 13; John 13:34, 35). As Christians, we are part of the “Body of Christ” and need each other.

Spiritual Gifts. Each Christian has been given a spiritual gift to serve others (1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 12:7). Most Christians don’t know what their spiritual gift is (1 Corinthians 12:1), or if they do know what it is, seldom use it. If every member of the “Body of Christ” got involved in his/her work of ministry, as he/she should, the whole “Church” would function so much better (Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:12-30). If you don’t know what your spiritual gift is, we invite you to go to our website at www.kelseypeach.com and go to the section “Bible Basics Docs” and click on the articles that deal with spiritual gifts.

Comfort. God comforts us as Christians when we are facing hard times, and He wants us to do the same for others who may need our encouragement. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). When was the last time you did this?

Poverty. God allowed the early Jewish Christians to come under severe persecution and deep poverty during the early days of the Church (Acts 4:32-37). Hearing of their need, the non-Jewish Christians in Macedonia, who were much poorer themselves, took up a collection for their needy brethren in Jerusalem (2 Corinthians 8:1-6). God used this incident to bond the Jewish Christians and the non-Jewish Christians together so that there wouldn’t be two separate Christian groups (Ephesians 4:4). The Apostle Paul wrote, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ” (Galatians 3:28). Sometimes God let’s one Christian experience hardships so another Christian with the means with which to help him/her is given an opportunity to display his love for God by loving and providing for the need of his brother/sister in Christ (1 John 3:16, 17; Galatians 6:10). In this way they are bonded together. The song writer said it well, “Bless be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love; the fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.” – John Fawcett [1]

A Servant’s Heart. A large group of European pastors came to one of D. L. Moody’s Northfield Bible Conferences in Massachusetts in the late 1800s. Following the European custom of the time, each guest put his shoes outside his room to be cleaned by the hall servants overnight. But of course this was America and there were no hall servants.

“Walking the dormitory halls that night, Moody saw the shoes and determined not to embarrass his brothers. He mentioned the need to some ministerial students who were there, but met with only silence or pious excuses. Moody returned to the dorm, gathered up the shoes, and, alone in his room, the world’s only famous evangelist began to clean and polish the shoes. Only the unexpected arrival of a friend in the midst of the work revealed the secret.

“When the foreign visitors opened their doors the next morning, their shoes were shined. They never knew by whom. Moody told no one, but his friend told a few people, and during the rest of the conference, different men volunteered to shine the shoes in secret. Perhaps the episode is a vital insight into why God used D. L. Moody as He did. He was a man with a servant’s heart and that was the basis of his true greatness.” [2]

Help. When the Apostles Peter and John went up to the temple to pray one day, they encountered a lame man begging for alms. Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus, rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6). We don’t have healing power as they did, but we’re here to serve you by sharing the Word of God with you if you’re teachable and willing to change when you see what God’s Word says (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.  I have written many articles for your edification at www.kelseypeach.wordpress.com. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” We invite you to join us on Facebook and Youtube for our Bible Studies. If you’re not sure about your own salvation, please read “The Bad News & The Good News” on our website.  If this has helped you, please share it with others. Together we can do more.

[1] https://hymnary.org/text/blest_be_the_tie_that_binds

[2] Gary Inrig, A Call to Excellence, (Victor Books, a division of SP Publ., Wheaton, Ill; 1985), p. 98  https://bible.org/illustration/man-servant%E2%80%99s-heart

[3] Recommended reading: Dr. Warren Wiersbe, On Being A Servant Of God https://www.amazon.com/Being-Servant-God-Warren-Wiersbe/dp/0801068193/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1548366248&sr=8-1&keywords=on+being+a+servant+of+god+warren+wiersbe

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