Vision 25 - Transformed By Serving

November 16, 2014

Serving in the ways of Jesus transforms us one person, family, and community at a time.

Today's Scripture: John 13:4-17

Daily Scripture Readings & Reflections

  1. Sunday: John 13:4-5; Common English Bible (CEB) So he (Jesus) got up from the table and took off his robes. Picking up a linen towel, he tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he was wearing.

    Reflection: Serving and being served are two sides of the same coin. Yet we often see them quite differently. Which are you better at—serving or being served? Why? Washing feet in Jesus’ day was for the role of a servant. What would be a similar act of service for you today?

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: Whomever I am with… Exhale: I am their neighbor

  2. Monday: John 13:12-13; Common English Bible (CEB) After he washed the disciples’ feet, he put on his robes and returned to his place at the table. He said to them, “Do you know what I’ve done for you?  You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you speak correctly, because I am.

    Reflection: Jesus was teaching the disciples by example. Who are the people in your life that teach by example? What is the most important lesson they have taught you about loving God, loving others and yourself?

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: Whomever I am with… Exhale: I am their neighbor

  3. Tuesday: John 13:14;  Common English Bible (CEB) If I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you too must wash each other’s feet.  I have given you an example: Just as I have done, you also must do.

    Reflection: Why do you think Jesus wanted the disciples to do to others what he had just done for them? Why is it important for you personally to follow in the serving ways of Jesus?

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: Whomever I am with...Exhale: I am their neighbor

  4. Wednesday: John 13:15-16; Common English Bible (CEB) I assure you, servants aren’t greater than their master, nor are those who are sent greater than the one who sent them. Since you know these things, you will be happy if you do them.

    Reflection:Put in your own words what Jesus said in today’s scripture. How does serving others make you “happy”? How does serving others inconvenience you?

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: Whomever I am with...Exhale: I am their neighbor

  5. Thursday: Matthew 25:37-40; Common English Bible (CEB) ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink?  When did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or naked and give you clothes to wear?  When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “Then the king will reply to them, ‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.’

    Reflection: Every day this week we have been invited to practice the breath prayer - Whomever I am with I am their neighbor. How do Jesus’ words in today’s scripture line up with that prayer? How does this prayer help you in your everyday life when you are out and about with others?

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: Whomever I am with...Exhale: I am their neighbor

  6. Friday: Matthew 20:28 The Message (MSG) Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for the many who are held hostage.

    Reflection: This saying of Jesus rubs against almost everything we are taught about being first, being successful. Yet the people we should revere the most are the ones who have served others at the bottom with the unconditional love of God. Where does this saying of Jesus challenge you the most? Take an extra minute with the breath prayer and then pay attention to how you feel or what it says to you about your everyday life.

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: Whomever I am with...Exhale: I am their neighbor

  7. Saturday: II Timothy 1:3 Common English Bible (CEB) I’m grateful to God, whom I serve with a good conscience as my ancestors did. I constantly remember you in my prayers day and night.

    Reflection: All of life is a prayer and yet a specific way to serve others is through spoken prayers of remembrance – remembering those who struggle, remembering those we love, remembering those we don’t love. As an act of serving in the way of Jesus, whom can you pray for today?

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: Whomever I am with...Exhale: I am their neighbor

 

 
Speaker: Dave Norman, Jen Score, Marisa Zitelli