Happy Monday, August 30, 2021, church!

Brothers and sisters,

Happy Monday to all! As people of the risen King, together we worshipped our risen Lord yesterday. We took the supper of the Lord to remember the price paid by our Lord that provided forgiveness and eternal life for all who will believe. We looked at John 13 and considered the truth that the people of God should be characterized by complete humility and a willingness to serve others, even in the most menial of ways. Jesus washed the dirty and nasty feet of the apostles. This was a task reserved for the very lowest of society. Jesus’ apostles did not want to perform this task for Jesus or one another. However, Jesus willingly served them by washing their feet. Jesus calls us to serve others in this same way. Jesus told us that serving others in even the most menial of task was the way to be truly blessed. The way to real happiness, the way to real greatness, is not through self-indulgence and opulent living. The way to real happiness and real greatness is the way of service in Jesus’ name to others. Serving others in Jesus’ name flows from our understanding of who we are as we belong to Jesus Christ. Serving others in Jesus’ name will not always be understood even by those closest to us. Serving others in Jesus’ name requires us to serve those who will never appreciate or reciprocate our service. Serving others in Jesus’ name connects us with Jesus as Lord and teacher and leads to happiness. Believers seek to emulate Jesus’ example of continually serving others.

Remember to keep praying continually for each other.

Love being your pastor,

Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church