“I assure you: A slave is not greater than his master, and a messenger is not greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.” John 13:16-17 HCSB
Just recently a minister was arrested for the murder of three people. Many of the people in the community could not believe it was possible. The man seemed to be so loving and caring, preaching the Gospel each Sunday, but he was actually accused of being a murderer. There is nothing much worse than someone who puts on a front and acts a certain way to gain the applause or acceptance of others when he is really living a secret life that does not measure up to what he professes.
Jesus admonished His disciples to live out what He had just taught them by washing their feet. A master should be willing to serve, but the servant should be willing to do what the master has told him to do and a messenger should be willing to go where his master sends him. We are servants and messengers for Jesus and should be willing to go and do whatever He commands us to do. Our service to others is evidence of our commitment to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
Challenge: The Message Bible translates these verses as, “If you understand what I’m telling you, act like it – and live a blessed life.” Do you understand what Jesus wants you to do? Are you practicing what you preach? Do others see Jesus in your life and actions?