Thursday, October 23, 2014

THE BOWL OF HUMILITY


There is a bowl at the last supper and it is not on the table, but on the floor. It is the bowl Jesus used to wash the disciples feet.





John 13:
Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”


Jesus was the epitome of humility. 

The story tells us that he knew who he was.  He knew his responsibility, where he came from and where he was going.  True humility comes from a place of great strength, not weakness.  It comes from knowing your security in God.

How important are you?  How much more important do you sometimes think you are than those around?  Does your identity depend on the flashy robe you cloak yourself in?

  • The Pastor, The Board member, The Ministry leader
  • The Advocate, The Listener, The Fixer
  • The neighbourhood mom, The father figure, The Big Brother, Big Sister

All of us have a personae or role we assume.  Some are given their role and others just assume it. What about Jesus?  He was truly important and yet puts that aside.  He took off the important man outfit and assumed a lower role. 

Humility is not for the weak-stomached.  Humility is not for insecure people who are jostling for importance.  The disciples argued over who was most important and should sit next to the boss in his Kingdom.

When we encounter difficulty and need in others, we are faced with the choice of humbly bowing to wash their feet.

Jesus told them, “You don’t understand what I’m doing now, but it will become clear to you later.” When we love and serve others with humility, they may not understand.  But later, it makes sense.  If the one greater shows humility, then I can show it to those who challenge my sense of self-importance.





Monday, October 20, 2014

COMING CLEAN

Washing is a universal practice for most creatures. The cat and dog in your house spend hours licking themselves and their offspring. The snake and the cicada shed their outer skin and emerge with a new covering. There is something healthy and essential about coming clean.

Most religions have cleansing rituals that involve water. The spiritual yearning for a pure heart leads to systematic practices of purging uncleanness.

There are psychological conditions where a broken person loses their instinct toward being clean. There are other conditions in which a person will obsessively scrub their hands until they bleed. Good mental health seems to find the balance in this self-care practice of hygiene.

When we come to the mission of Jesus, we find that God has come to clean us from the sickening dirt that stains us. The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness.

Jesus’ country was a place where households drew water from wells and stored it in large containers. When Jesus turned the water into wine, the servants brought him the large containers of water used for washing.

Later we see Jesus refer to wine as being comparable to His blood. The cleansing that Jesus gives is better than the common ways we try to make ourselves clean or holy. When you are clean, you smell better.

It would seem that the presence of God’s Spirit in our life has an affect on how God will bring cleansing to others. Our forgiveness and lack thereof has a deep affect on others. Some will never come clean, because we have not been clean toward them.

How do you deal with the stinkers in your life? 



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

HOTEL DIEU


One of our Windsor hospitals was founded as ‘Hotel-Dieu’. Translated from French it is literally ‘House Of God’. 




The care of the sick has been a long-standing tradition of the Christian faith. The first hospitals were founded and run by the church.

While that is no longer the case, the churches have a therapeutic role in the lives of the sick.

Consider this early church instruction:


1 Thessalonians 5:14
14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.



Paul urges us to help each other, especially the weak and discouraged. We need to become very patient with everyone.

If the church is to be a hospital, we need to be a place that sick people are welcomed and expected. It is a place for healing and restoration, but also the place of comfort and understanding when you are dying.

In the House of God, there is always room. We are committed to getting you on your feet and helping you in your suffering.

You can find our staff policy written on the walls of the hospital. This is our protocol in the House of God.


Philippians 4:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.