Links Daily Devotional

Links Daily Devotional editor Jeffrey Hopper speaks with Links Players president Jeffrey Cranford about the kind of service to which the Lord calls us.


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Living an Authentic Faith, Part 5

“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.” (John 13:14, NIV)

A few years back, in a conversation with sport psychologist David Cook, he told me of an episode when he was playing a teaching round with a tour player. They came to a par-3 with water flanking one side of the green, and this competitor who plays the game for his living stood on the tee nearly paralyzed. He could not see himself hitting a good shot. The trouble was right where his fear was.

For you and me, possessing a little fear on the golf course is no real issue. We don’t make our living from the game, and while embarrassment avoidance is a legitimate motivator, no one has ever actually died from embarrassment (have they?!).

What can be truly scary, though, if we’re willing to admit it, is the thought of what Jesus might ask us to do. Like wash someone’s feet.

Authentically following Jesus can have much to do with your brain. There is doctrine to understand, and increasing knowledge of who God is and what he calls us to do. Even hearing “a still small voice” in times of prayer or meditating on Scripture is a matter of the head.

But this is not how faith is lived. Faith is a meant to lead to action. “Without works,” James wrote, “faith is dead.”

Where faith comes to life is in service. In fact, in drawing on James again, we are told that “religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” (James 1:27).

Service isn’t appealing. Never has been, not in our culture or any other. It is inconvenient, uncomfortable, even demeaning. But Jesus advocated for it in the flow of everything else he taught: “Blessed are the merciful,” “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve,” “Anyone who wants to be first must be last…” That last statement, found in Mark 9, ended like this: “…and the servant of all.”

Do you see it? Those who would demonstrate authentic faith—that is, true to what Jesus commanded—must be ready to serve in all situations and for all people. It’s what Jesus did, and he left his example that we would follow in his steps (1 Peter 2:21).

Jeff Hopper
July 24, 2015
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OTHER DEVOTIONS IN THIS SERIES:
Living an Authentic Faith, Part 6
Living an Authentic Faith, Part 4
Living an Authentic Faith, Part 3
Living an Authentic Faith, Part 2
Living an Authentic Faith, Part 1