Verse to Consider:
After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.
John 13:12-13 NLT
Clip to Watch:
If I declare that Christ is the King of my heart and the Lord of my life, my attitude should reflect the joy of my salvation in Him.
But, if I treat others with disdain or speak in a harsh tongue, am I not suggesting otherwise?
Regardless of the intent in my heart (even if I am unaware), the message I am communicating when I do so is not consistent with the message of the cross, the Gospel on which I stand.
When I was a Sophomore in college, I found myself asking this very question. I claimed to have accepted Christ as my Savior, yet the ugly bitterness, frustration, and willingness to entertain the compromise of my supposed convictions presented a disconnect between who I was and who others perceived me to be. I found myself facing one of two problems, arguably both:
One: my leader, who or what directly affected my thoughts, words, and actions was actually not Who I thought it was. I had either let idolatry of someone or something else steal my focus from Jesus in becoming the center of my attention, and/or…
Two: I was a wayward follower lacking in obedience, finding myself complacently going through the motions of my “religion” rather that standing firm in my pledge of allegiance to Christ.
Christ, by nature, is the complete embodiment of perfect and unfailing love; should not His followers similarly exude an attitude of LOVE: joy, peace, and a right or honorable way of living if we truly have His Spirit alive and well in our hearts?
If attitude reflects leadership, as Big Ju states in the movie clip above, then this is the question we should ask ourselves: who is actually leading us? And… are we committed to following?