Lenten Leaders: Who do you serve? 

Week 7: Holy Week
By Melissa Squarcia Fordyce
Manager, Special Events & Communications

"The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve." 

Who do you serve and how do others know that?  

Jesus was clear about who he served--God and God alone.  Even the greatest temptation--all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence--couldn't lure him from that conviction.  He was clear in that moment in the desert and throughout his entire ministry that his work was of the Father and no one else.   

This is third time today I'm washing the dishes and I still haven't made dinner yet.  I haven't talked to my friend in two weeks, I should really call her.  My elderly neighbor needs helps cleaning her yard and the American Red Cross is calling to schedule an appointment for the upcoming blood drive. 

In our non-stop, 24-hour, smartphone--smarter than us world--it's easy to see how we could function on autopilot and forget that serving our family, friends, neighbors and community, is exactly what Christ has called us to do.  "He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and dry them with the towel around his waist." John 13: 4-5

My children are hungry and they need to be fed.  My friend is struggling and she needs my support.  My neighbor has no family to call upon so she's called me and my community has a need that I am healthy enough to fulfill. 

In doing these tasks we are following Jesus' example of loving servant leadership.  "I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do." John 13: 15

Washing the disciples' feet.  A simple act filled with great love.  As we begin Holy Week, let us follow Jesus in those small tasks serving one another with our minds and hearts attuned to the Father.  In doing so, we will communicate that our work is of the Father and no one else.   

Leadership Tips:
  • Schedule a regular time each day, to reflect on your tasks and how they are serving Christ.
  • Rid yourself of distractions that cause you to lose focus when fulfilling tasks.  i.e. TV, Internet and Facebook.
  • Ask Jesus for help.  When you feel frustrated there is no greater friend to turn to then Jesus.