Week 6: Humbly Serve

Scripture Readings:

1 Samuel 16:1-13 – Anointing the Boy David
John 13:1-17 - Jesus Washes Peter’s Feet

God’s selection and expectations of leaders are more about the condition of one’s heart and quality of humility than societal presumptions. From riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, to washing the disciple’s feet, to forgiving on the cross, Jesus continues to reverse expectations and God exalts the lowly and humbles the proud.

Equal in God’s Sight

Holy God,

How long until we believe in your Word, O God?
     You do not privilege male over female, nor female over male;
     There is no master race, no peoples beloved more than another;
     No being was created to be enslaved, nor to live in forced servitude;
     Your blessing falls on all without reservation.

How long until we live your Word, O God?
     Courts, councils, and countries cannot confer on humanity more
        dignity, worth or status than your image imparted on all flesh.
     There exists no creed, constitution or covenant that supersedes
        your divine will for equality, equity, and egalitarianism.
     May our practices fulfill your prophecy on earth as it is in heaven.

How long until we teach your Word, O God?
     May we cease devaluing, demeaning, and destroying one another
       out of greed, hatred, and lust.
     From the pew to the pulpit, may our words resound with your
        truth that all flesh – all flesh – is equal in your sight. Amen.

– by LaTrelle Miller Easterling, June 20, 2014

Moment of Reflection:

How do your actions mirror the example of Jesus as he washed the disciples' feet at the last supper? What do humility and equality mean before God?

If you are doing this study in a small group, take turns sharing your responses. After each person speaks, the group will respond: 
“May you continue to pattern your life after Jesus and be blessed along the journey.”

After you have finished sharing, discuss:

  • How is the life of Jesus teaching you to have a servant’s heart? Why is convicted humility so important in the life of disciples?
  • How does your faith community select and equip leaders to serve as agents of God’s transforming, equalizing love? What more can be done?
Closing Hymn:

“They'll Know We Are Christians by Our Love,” TFWS #2223