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If you knew that tomorrow was your last day on earth, what would you want to do on that day?
What if I worded it differently? How’s this … Serving others by doing their laundry?
Um. To be honest, that would still be a no. It’s my last day on earth!
No cooking, cleaning, dusting, ironing, or dishes either.
But maybe that’s just me.
“Jesus is about to let flesh be broken with nail, heart be broken with rejection, chains be broken with bleeding love. And in His last hours before His earthly end, He doesn’t run out to buy something or catch a flight to go see something, but He wraps a towel around his waist and kneels low to take the feet of His forsakers gently in hand and wash away the grime between their toes.”
John 13:1-5: Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, … Jesus … 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.
Hmmm. Maybe I need a shift of thinking on this last-day question … if I want to be like Jesus.
Have you noticed how the teaching in the Bible is SO different from the teaching in our world?
Isaiah 55:8-9: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
My first inclination was to do something for myself on my last day. And no one on earth would blame me!
Jesus wanted to serve others on His last day.
Ann goes on, “At the last, this is what will determine a fulfilling, meaningful life – a life that, behind all the facades, every one of us longs to live: gratitude for the blessings that expresses itself by becoming the blessing.”
I don’t think Ann would mind if I added an exclamation point …
A fulfilling life is: becoming the blessing!
Jesus’ whole purpose on earth was to become a blessing for me – and you.
I am hoping to become more like Jesus. You?
I’m pretty sure that the more we become like Jesus, the more we will want to serve others.
I know what you’re thinking … It’s hard when no one notices or says thank you.
That begs another question …
Do we thank Jesus?
Ann continues, “When service is unto people, the bones can grow weary, the frustration deep. I think I’m due some appreciation. So comes a storm of trouble and lightning strikes joy. But when Christ is at the center, when dishes, laundry, work, is my song of thanks to Him, joy rains. The work becomes worship.
“This life of washing dishes, of domestic routine, it can be something wholly different. This life of rote work, it is itself public work, a public serving – even this scrubbing of pans – and thus, if done unto God, the mundane work can become the living liturgy of the Last Supper. I could become the blessing, live the liturgy!”
Colossians 3:23-24: Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Aha, there’s the key.
Do it for the Lord – not man – as your daily song of thanks.
I put up these verses in my laundry room – as a nice reminder of Who I am serving and why.
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