3 - Teach Servanthood

Whoever Humbles Himself will be Exalted

Nothing builds our humility like serving others. Jesus modeled humble servanthood throughout his earthly ministry, and he sets the standard for his followers. Dave walks us through the exercise of service as another crucial step for growing your kids to be more like Christ.

What service opportunities does your church offer that an entire family can join in together? How could your family serve your neighbors? In their school? How do you imagine serving together will help your family relationships?
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John 13:3-15 (ESV)

3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God,4rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist.5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?”7Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.”8Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.”9Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”10Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet,but is completely clean. And youare clean, but not every one of you.”11For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

12When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you?13You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am.14If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.15For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

How do you serve your children? What "foot washing" acts can you perform for your children that will serve as meaningful lessons about putting others ahead of themselves?
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Talking about the volunteers at his church, Dave said they "got lost in someone else's needs rather than their own." Describe what good happens to the heart of someone who gets lost in another's needs. How could the heart of your child change as they focus on someone else's needs?
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As Christians become more like Christ, they seek the good of others above themselves. "We never look more like Christ than when we serve, and when we teach our kids to pick up that same towel and basin."