Set an Example

September 3rd, 2011

A couple days ago, someone posted something on Twitter that hit a weird nerve in me. The tweet said this:

“Don’t ever trust anyone, and don’t do anything for anyone. They will stab you in the back.”

I was tempted to say something directly to that person, but decided that they weren’t the only one who could use the words I am going to share. Maybe you are the one who posted that tweet, maybe you aren’t. Maybe you will see my point, maybe you won’t. But either way, I have something to say, and it’s your choice as to whether or not you read it.

I put a lot of thought into how I want to say this, and I decided to divide the tweet into two parts.

First, let’s take the first part: Don’t ever trust anyone, they will stab you in the back.

I wrote a blog about trust, called “I Think He’s Cheating.” You can read that one, if you click on the text. That blog applies to relationships and not trusting your significant other. But not trusting anyone at all is a very dangerous thing. You need someone to share your worries, hurts, and experiences. I know that everyone is “backstabbed” in their lifetime. I understand how much it hurts to have your secrets told to others. I don’t think you need to not trust anyone at all… I think you just need to be very careful about what you tell, and to whom you are saying it.

Second, the part that bothered me more than the first: Don’t do anything for anyone, they will stab you in the back.

I am all about doing things for other people. Helping when you can. If you go through my blogs, my tweets, my posts on Munkie Babble on Facebook, you will see one constant: SERVING OTHERS. I am not saying you need to forget about yourself, but not doing things for others is something that is unacceptable to me. There is one simple reason as to why I feel serving others is very important. The words of John 13, verses 12-26 are perfect for this part of the tweet that was posted:

12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

Jesus Predicts His Betrayal

18 “I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture: ‘He who shared my bread has turned[a] against me.’[b]

19 “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am. 20 Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”

21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”

22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.”

25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”

26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.

Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, even though He was their Master, their Teacher. He served, when one would think they would be serving Him. Makes sense, doesn’t it? So many hold their mentors and teachers in high regard. To set an example, He washed their feet out of love for them, so that they may go out and serve others.

Beyond that, He served them, knowing He would be backstabbed. He could have said, “You are going to betray Me, I am not washing your feet.” But He didn’t. If Jesus did it, who are you to put yourself above Him?

Again, I understand that you’ve been hurt. I understand that you aren’t appreciated 100% of the time. I’m not appreciated 100% of the time, but that doesn’t stop me from continuing to serve others. Recognition is not why Jesus served. It was purely to set an example, so that we would serve one another out of love. If my Savior took the time to serve others, I am going to do the same. Why should I hold myself higher than the one who died to save me? I am no where near better than Him, and neither are you. We are merely humans, stuck here together. Let’s take care of one another out of love, regardless of whether or not it is appreciated.


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