Just keep asking

“I’m just going to keep asking if I can help. Who knows? One day the answer might be yes.”

After the Boiler Room I was teasing one of my friends–a mom with two young kids–about her not accepting my requests to help ferry things to her car. 

She’s never really needed my help because her husband is great at taking care of that kind of stuff–which is awesome btw. 

It got me to thinking…

There’s nothing wrong with sticking your neck out after being turned down by whoever you’re trying to help. 

Just keep asking. 

Just keep being a friend. 

I truly believe that’s one of the biggest reasons most Christians aren’t making disciples like we should be. 

Most of us give up way too fast on people. 

Most of us have bought into the lie of microwave evangelism when evangelism and discipleship is more akin to a crock pot. 

It takes time. 

I’ve spent a lot of time in different communities where trust is everything. 

You have to show up and keep your word. When you don’t, you better fess up fast because the people can smell a phony a mile away. 

This kind of intentional lifestyle of service is refining; think about it like sand paper that takes off the rough edges. It demands absolute sincerity. 

And it’s truly the most worthwhile way to live. 

I am a better person and Jesus follower because of this demand to slow down, to take off my mask. 

Going back to what I said earlier, never stop asking how you can help. 

Being available to serve is a foundational teaching within the gospel. If Jesus’ mission was to serve and not to be served, then that’s our mission too. 

Be unrelenting in your pursuit to help, to pray, to encourage. 

You might get turned down 9 times out of 10. 

You might get cussed out. 

You might be misunderstood. 

Just keep asking. 

Because your quest to serve will provide opportunities to share the love of Christ in ways you could never orchestrate on your own. 

Kudos to Mother Teresa

I was 7 years old when Mother Teresa died, yet her life is one that has inspired generations. 

She embodied the gospel. 

Loving others like Christ loves them, especially the poor, was something she took literally. 

In fact, the work she started all those years ago is still going on!

I don’t want to be Mother Teresa (because that’s kind of silly don’t you think? To not be yourself–the person God created.)

But I want to take the gospel literally like she did. 

I want to be the hands and feet of Jesus to a lost and dying world. 

I want to see myself as serving Jesus Himself when I help the poor, the sick, the widow, and the orphan (check out Matthew 25).

Mother Teresa’s example is the epitome of selflessness. 

The coolest thing to me is that she never set out to be famous or to be known world wide as a leader of Christian charity. 

She just started following Jesus. 

And others thought she was doing such a great job they wanted to help her out. 

Mother Teresa’s ideas spread because they weren’t her ideas–they were Jesus’ ideas! 

She decided to take the Bible literally and it changed the world. 

Learning to Love and Loving to Share

In John 13:3-5, Jesus does something that really blows my mind.

“Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He [rose] from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel and girded himself. After that he [poured] water into a [basin], and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.”

Jesus, the savior of the world, understood that everything was His, but He washed the disciples’ feet. I am humbled by this passage because I have to stop and think, “Would I be willing to do that if I understood that they should be washing my feet?”

Sometimes I feel that we as humans get caught up in the entitlement trap.

Look at me. I’m really something.

Yeah right.

This line of thinking is borderline idolatry. Satan’s entitlement issue is what ultimately led to His being cast out of Heaven.

I mean, everyone is always beating up on the Pharisees and the Sadducees, but really we have all been like them at some point.

While selfishness is a human tendency it should not be entertained as an option in the life of a believer. In fact, the mark of a servant leader is humility before God and others.

Jesus washed the disciples’ feet. Get this: Jesus washed Judas’ feet.

Holy cow! Talk about really loving on your enemies. I don’t know if I would be able to do that.

Think about it.

Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray him. And he washed Judas’ feet? The guy who was about to turn him over to be killed?

Don’t forget about the other disciples. They were about to scatter and leave Jesus all alone. Peter denied Jesus three times. And he washed their feet?

When I read this passage of Scripture, it makes me love Jesus even more.

He willingly gave up his life for me. He suffered the wrath of others for me. He freely took my sins about his shoulder.

His sacrifice is the ultimate example of servant leadership in practice. 

I am driven to serve others because of what Christ did for me.

How can I not share? My cup is running over with love from my Father.

I want others to know what that’s like because God’s love is daily changing my life.

Let’s spend some time this week spreading that love around. Call a friend, send a card, or shoot someone a message on Facebook or Twitter. Just share what God is freely giving you. I know that I am finding it harder and harder not to.