“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you should also wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (John 13:14-15)
Setting an Example
At the end of the day, games are won by the players on the field. Even great coaches like Bill Belichick and Gregg Popovich only influence their teams so much. They can have the perfect plan heading into every game, but it’s useless if the players aren’t able to execute. Coaches can set an example for their teams and demonstrate how they want things done. However, it’s still up to the players to take what the coach has taught them and put it into practice during games. Teams win and lose based on the actions of their players.
Jesus set an example for us by the way He lived His life. He loved unconditionally and relentlessly, dedicating His life to serving others. And Christ’s love didn’t have any boundaries. He didn’t just love the rich or the social elite, He loved everybody. All the way thorough His death on the cross, Jesus showed us what love looks like through His actions.
We are called to follow the example Jesus set for us in our own lives. Simply saying things isn’t enough; we need to act on what we believe. James chapter two tells us, “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” Our lives should reflect our faith in Christ and be focused on following the example Jesus set for us.
– Joshua Doering
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