Honoring God’s Order
John 13:12-17 and Mark 10:35-37, 41-45
When Jesus had washed the disciple’s feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them:
“Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”
Mark 10:35–37, 41-45
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to Jesus and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”
Jesus said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?”
They said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”
When the other ten disciples heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
I. The Human Community
How do we relate to one another?
The fight for rights?
II. God’s Ordering
Matthew 6:24 – “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
We can only have one vertical relationship in our lives
Who is your boss?
Only three options for boss?
Your boss dictates all other relationships
III. God’s Desire for who is your Boss
Deuteronomy 6:4–6 – “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.”
Matthew 22:37–38 – Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.”
If your vertical relationship is with God, what about all your other relationships?
Did God design a hierarchy?
IV. God’s design for your horizontal relationships
They are ordered, but not a hierarchy
Genesis 2:18-25 – Helpmate
Ephesians 5:22- 6:9 – Purposeful
Philemon – Brothers
Galatians 3:28 & Colossians 3:11 – Jew/Greek, slave/free male/female – all One in Christ
1 Timothy 6:1-2 – Youth is not a handicap
Titus and Hebrews 13:17 – Leaders serve God’s purpose
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”
1 Corinthians 12 – One body, many parts
Ephesians 4:1-16 – one body many gifts for one function
V. The Purpose of God’s Order
“God’s ordering of relationships is meant to help you connect to Him and to glorify and to enjoy Him forever.”
VI. NOT to rule over others
Mark 8:31-34, 9:33-35, 10:41-45
VII. Jesus’ Example
This is why we celebrate the Lord’s Supper