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DAILY DEVOTIONS:

May
16

'Attending to Our Divisions'

When Jesus had washed the disciples' feet, he said to them: "Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him."

- John 13:16

In an act of true humility, Jesus bent down and washed his disciples' feet. Jesus tells us that we are all equal in God's eyes. Neither slave nor master holds the advantage. We know that this is not the case in our world. We have divisions of all kinds. We are divided by race and ethnicity. We are divided by wealth. We are divided by education and other opportunities that flow to the better off among us. These differences have led to conflict and even war. For those of us who profess to follow the gospel, we might ask ourselves if we need to bend down a bit more, to humble ourselves and work toward breaking down those barriers that divide us. It's a troubled world that cries out for some attention.

- Paul Pennick
 
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Thank you Paul for your inspirational devotion.

I think who Paul is referring to when he writes, "Neither slave nor master holds the advantage", is that in our current time and society neither employee nor employer, neither the poor nor the rich, holds the advantage".

Jesus said to his disciples, “Do you realize what I have done for you? You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do." JN 13:12-15

Jesus tells us that we are all equal in God's eyes.

God Bless our Living Faith Family.
Tillie | Posted on: 2019-05-16 17:25:09
 
I am sorry, I am not sure in this particular passage Jesus is saying the slave and the master are equal?

What I get out of the passage is in John 13:16-17, "
* no slave is greater than his master
* nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him.
* If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.

1. Master IS greater than slave!
2. The One who sent the messenger IS greater than the messenger!
3. I am blessed IF I understand the act of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples!

I feel divisions exist because I tend to fight for equality, equality for myself and others! It sounds great, noble and even righteous to fight for equality...but God has always demanded obedience and loyalty without idolatry from me! Why? Because He is greater than me!

It is paradoxical in God's economy:
* When you are rich, you are poor!
* When you are poor you are rich!
* When you are weak, you are strong!
* When you are strong, you are weak!
* Humble yourself, you will be exalted!
* Exalt yourself, you will be humbled!
* First is last and last is first!

So in Jesus washing the feet of the disciples, He is giving me an example that even though He is greater, His action is to serve and not to be served! So if I am the boss, eventhough I am in charge and greater than my subordinates, my action is to serve and not to be served! Not that my subordinates are equal or greater than me, but my action is to lead as Jesus did and to serve as Jesus did according to the plan of long ago (established business plan or constitution)!!!

If all stop fighting for equality (creates division) and start serving as Jesus did, wonder what the neighborhood, the school, the city, the county, the state, the country, the nations would be like? Jesus never fought for His equality as God! He came as a man in His divine nature and serve with power, passion and purpose!!!

And it all started with "Jesus Christ, You are the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, You have loved us and freed us from our sins by Your Blood.......Who is, and Who was, and Who is to come" Amen!!! Revelation 1:5, 4b
Salina | Posted on: 2019-05-16 11:45:12
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Thank you, Salina, I was tbinking the same thing and I agree with you.
Pammy | Posted on:: 2019-05-16 22:12:23
 
Thanks,Paul, for reminding me to be conscious of the need for attention of those around me and not just have concern for my own survival. Sometimes when life gets comfortable it's hard to remember that when I put the effort into doing for others I'm also taking care of myself in regard to my spiritual salvation.
Anne | Posted on: 2019-05-16 10:46:31
 
Amen.
B.T. | Posted on: 2019-05-16 10:04:52
 
I have always heard that we all have a story, our personal story, what is yours.

Are we humble with our dealings with others as Christ was on Holy Thursday (Today's Gospel).

Share your story today with others. The story, of what we have become, not by our workings but by the grace and blessings given to us by our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

Much will be given to those, much will be expected. Are we holding up our end of the story.

I find myself, wanting to share my story with others, the story that I should not have or be doing what I am in my life with my background.

All that I am is from God. God is the one who blessed me with all I have and the person that I have become.

God chooses ordinary people to do his work, are we doing all that we can and what God expects of us.

Begin by putting him first in your day. Pray silently with him today in his word.

Show him you are his chosen one, a good a loyal servant to his word.

Prayers for our entire Living Faith Family and their families and friends.

Shine the light today, bring a smile to others, a hug and offer comfort to all.

Amen.

Tim | Posted on: 2019-05-16 09:59:44
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Thank you, Tim, for sharing!

Just as Paul did in Acts 13:15-16, "
* After the reading of the law and the prophets, the synagogue officials sent word to them, "My brothers, if one of you has a word of exhortation for the people, please speak."
* So Paul got up, motioned with his hand, and said,
* "Fellow children of Israel and you others who are God-fearing, listen."

Paul recalled eveything God did for His people, Israel, from Moses to John the Baptist, pointing to the One Who was to come...Jesus Christ!!!

Yes, we all have a story, history, that is...His Story!!!
Salina | Posted on:: 2019-05-16 10:48:19
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Tim, thank you for sharing, and for your daily prayers for our Living Faith Family. May God continue to bless us all.
Amen!
annie | Posted on:: 2019-05-16 12:05:50
 
Amen.
freeter | Posted on: 2019-05-16 09:44:30
 
Amen
Ana | Posted on: 2019-05-16 09:43:01
 
Truthful! The divisions are real. Frightening. The cry for attention is loud. Indeed barriers need to be broken. May God break walls of pride and dismantle barriers t tofriendship. We are one world,one people of God after all. Prayers and blessings Living Faith Family.
JJC | Posted on: 2019-05-16 07:45:45
 
Amen....
Carol | Posted on: 2019-05-16 07:39:42
 
 
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