People of Character

Today is known as Maundy Thursday in Holy Week. It is the day our Lord shared His last Passover meal with the disciples. That final feast has become known throughout the ages as The Last Supper. It was at this meal that Jesus washed His disciples feet. A true act of humility and a very teachable moment to be sure.

Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. John 13:3-5

Character comes gradually in the process of allowing God to make us servants. But oh, the pain that lies in the pathway! Hurt is the unwelcome forge on which God hammers out our Christlikeness. We beg God to cover the hammer with felt. But the iron blows fall and the anvil tears. Some have actually had to die to serve Christ. And sometimes it is the very people we are called to serve who hold in their ungrateful lives the pain that breaks our spirits and crushes us beneath alienation and aloneness.

Unfortunately, serving people is the only way by which we can serve God. And serving people means that we are going to get hurt in the process…
Jesus, according to Philippians 2, humbled himself and became a man. Now we must humble ourselves to become servants and people of character. The crucifixion can be a very nasty end to anyone who wants to be a servant. Why? Consider the methodology of servanthood: We must turn our cheek and walk two miles for everyone who forces us to walk one! Serving our antagonists and blessing our persecutors can be he terrible tedium that fashions us in his image.
– Calvin Miller
The Last Supper

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