Week 2 • Harry Plantinga
Read: Matthew 5:1-6, 7:25-28
After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. (John 13:12-16)
Meditate: Jesus our Teacher and Lord.
We do not always agree on all things, but I hope and believe that we as individuals, as a congregation, and as a denomination, all agree on one thing: that Jesus is our Teacher and Lord. Our first commitment is to him. Whatever we believe, it is because we believe that Jesus teaches it. Whatever we do, it is because we believe Jesus would have us do it. (Well, in our better moments anyway.)
We are united in Jesus our Teacher and Lord.
In times of anxiety, it is helpful to remember that we are not responsible for managing the world, or the church. Jesus is Lord of the church. No matter the outcome, we know that all things work together for the good for those who love God. In these times it is helpful to remember Jesus our Teacher and Lord.
In times of uncertainty, it is helpful to remember that Jesus leads us by his word and his actions. Let us serve others, even in trying times, following Jesus our Teacher and Lord.
When we are in pain because others scorn us or reject us or despise us, it is helpful to remember Jesus’ life and the opposition and scorn that he suffered. We are not greater than our master, so we should expect the same. In such times let us repeat, Jesus our Teacher and Lord.
Repeat it repeatedly. Say it all day. Let it lighten your night. Jesus our Teacher and Lord.
Jesus, Teacher and Lord, teach us to trust you in anxiety, to follow you in uncertainty, and to imitate you in humility and service.
Pray for …
- A teachable spirit among all COS members and repentance from spiritual and intellectual pride
- Delegates to the CRC Synod in June – that each would see the risen Christ in the face of one another
- Sisters and brothers at House of God Family Life Ministries (a Camelot Community Partner)
Notice your anxiety. What is it that are you afraid of? Leave it in the hands of your Lord. What causes you pain? Accept the pain as a small participation in the cross of Christ and follow your Teacher and Lord. Take time to listen to a YouTube clip of the hymn ‘Take My Life and let it be’ by Frances R Havergal and ask God to turn good intentions about time, physical abilities, finance, intellect, and love into significant public service that bring honor to our Lord Jesus Christ.