Little Thoughts for Easter

S is for Serve

Well, this is us catching up on Wednesday evening’s Eggsploration.  I feel that rather than ‘the dog ate my computer’ being a worthy offering of an excuse, ‘I’m sorry, but we were away yesterday having the most amazing time at my sister-in-law’s wedding’ is more than justifiable. What an incredible day we all had…followed by what I predict today to be one of the laziest on record for us, but when you’ve only got little legs and you’ve danced solidly for hours, there has to be recouperation!

Anyhow, ‘eggsplanations’ given (did you see what I did there??!), here goes egg number 3! (By the way…. the photo delay clause still stands…but we’ll get there!)

So, day 3 and Eliza provided us with the key word Serve and the verses  “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25 vs 40 & ‘And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.’ Colossians 3 vs 17. Our Easter story installment was from John 13 vs 1, where Jesus washed the disciples’ feet.

To help us think about the significance of this part of the Easter message and how it impacts on us, we focused on three images:

– feet – when we talked about washing feet, Elise’s immediate reaction was ‘yuk’ – and who could blame her and so, this set us up well to talk about what a truly unpleasant job this would have been, especailly since the feet would have been quite literally wearing the road they had walked upon.  How utterly amazing that the One who had been with His Father in heaven at the creation of the world should be willing to stoop down and perform one of the lowest tasks for those around Him – even more awesome when we remember that He knew what was still to come.  He could easily have thought, you know what, I’m about to give up my life for these people, I’m already doing more than they deserve – but He didn’t. He showed us what it was to serve in the lowliest of ways.

– a present – Jesus gave of Himself in a way we can never imagine – we owe so much in response to the gift of life that is offered to us.  What better way to show our love and appreciation than by giving of ourselves.  We don’t have to make grand gestures to do this.  Jesus set the ultimate example of sacrifice.  As well as being the Ultimate Sacrifice,  He helped and healed and cared and, yes, even stooped to wash dirty feet. Washing dirty feet might not be something that features in our culture today but, there are many other ways we can serve others.

– a gold star – I remember the joy and excitement when, as a child something I had done warranted the receipt of a gold star – it meant (assuming I remember correctly through the rose tinted memory goggles) that I had done whatever it was really well.  We thought about Colossians 3 vs 17 and Matthew 25 vs 40 and how these remind us of the significance of our actions.  Mother Teresa once said, ‘…we can do small things with great love’ and this is so true.  The attitude with which we treat others can say so very much.  It doesn’t matter what we do, the Bible tells us we should do it all in love and as though we were doing it for the glory of God.  You don’t have to speak a sermon to tells others about God’s love – we can serve in simple ways, acting in great love – after all, what great love was shown to us that first Good Friday!

We didn’t actually ‘do’ anything that we can show you.  But, we did chat about ways in which we can serve and share and show God’s love with those around us in our every day lives.  A word of encouragement, a helping hand, an act of kindness, showing our appreciation – just some of the thoughts we had. Our challenge is to find simple ways to show love and hopefully, through simple actions, share God’s love.

I think Francis of Assiss put it well when he said: ‘ Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.’

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