"Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet."
Today's Prayer Focus
- For our deacons, who lead us to care for and serve one another. Pray for Scott Crocker as he begins to serve as chairman of the deacons.
- For all those who serve us on Sunday mornings: cafe team, greeters, set-up teams for worship and SPLASH, teachers, worship and A/V team.
- For gospel-inspired service to be part of the culture of our church, and for volunteer teams to be at full strength as we anticipate the excitement of the fall ministry season.
"Wash One Another's Feet"
When Jesus washed his disciples’ feet in the upper room, it was a beautiful foreshadowing of his work on the cross to cleanse us from our sins. “For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give us life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45) One of the ways that we are most like Jesus is when we serve one another.
The early church picked this up. When Paul wrote to commend widows who served faithfully, he highlighted their “washing the feet of the Lord’s people” (1 Timothy 5:10). Deacons, too, picked up the towel of service to lead the church in caring for the weak and in showing mercy to the needy.
One of the miracles of our church is the serving culture. That miracle is visible each Sunday morning when when we see a colorful SPLASH area for our kids, when we grab a coffee or a bottle of cold water, when we walk into a worship area that is comfortable and beautiful, when a greeter hands us a bulletin, or when we see song lyrics appearing on the screens.
When we wash one another’s feet, we display the love of Christ, demonstrated at that first foot-washing, and revealed even more perfectly at the cross.
Mike Tilley is the senior pastor of Lake Baldwin Church, and has lived in Orlando since 1994. He and his wife, Molly, worked with a core group from the Baldwin Park community to plant Lake Baldwin Church in 2006. Mike loves teaching the Bible in a way that relates to real life. In his spare time, Mike enjoys good movies, long dinner with friends, snow skiing, hanging out with his kids and two granddaughters, and travel.