I hope your week started off great! Today I want to share again a vision I had about a year ago, which I am reminded of repeatedly these days; and add something else beneath it. The following four lines are what I shared back then:
Jesus was one of the guests in the vision and I wondered where the host was and all the other guests! He did not say a word while cleaning up. He did not do it reluctantly, expecting to be acknowledged for what He was doing – you could see it on His face that He was doing it gladly! He did it silently, all by Himself, and I realized that this is just how God is! When you look at Romans 12, you can see that it is a privilege and gift from God towards us when we have smaller or bigger opportunities to serve in everyday life:
“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.” (Romans 12:6-8 ESV)
Now some may think: ‘I don’t have the gift of service, so this vision doesn’t apply to me,’ and the former may be true. However, remember that we are all commanded to serve:
“When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen.” (John 13:12-18 ESV)
Is this not amazing? “BLESSED ARE YOU IF YOU WASH ONE ANOTHER’S FEET.” This is the blessing which lies upon a Jesus-centered community. He is speaking to His chosen ones; you know you ought to serve others when you believe that you are chosen by Him.
Another significant revelation I received from Him, which I want to add – which I am sure I will keep sharing with others, by God’s grace, till the end of my life – is His answer when I asked Him what prophecy is. I have the gift of prophecy, I love to prophesy; but something was bugging me about my heart. Guess which Scripture He gave me? John 13, the passage I just shared! I was in awe when I checked the passage and I heard the Holy Spirit say: “My daughter, prophecy is washing someone else’s feet.” Think about it; you should always have the servant heart of Jesus when you are SERVING someone with prophecy from heaven, and do it in proportion to your faith (if we go back to the first bible passage I shared, it says in Romans 12 that those who have the gift of prophecy should prophesy in proportion to our faith). I really want us to remember this when we are prophesying, and remember Jesus, our Teacher and Lord, when we are serving others. I want to remember it when no one sees me and says “thank you”, that God is acknowledging me and affirming me. The records of my actions (of faith) remain in heaven for eternity, and this is the Lord’s story through me!
I was very self-centered once, and obsessed with my pain above others’. At one point, I cried out for deliverance because I wanted to change and live selflessly. God shifted my focus away from my pain and the Holy Spirit helped me to serve others silently. He keeps reminding me that I am choosing the better path towards healing if I obey and to what He did first, by giving us an example. I know whose I am, so I follow His ways; my sweet and amazing Lord Jesus’. HE IS THE WAY TO THE FATHER.
I hope this word blesses you.
In Jesus’ name,