Stay at the table or get on the floor? The disciples faced this very decision the night before Jesus’ crucifixion. As they shared in the Passover Meal together, they began to argue about which of them was the greatest. Instead of stepping in and stopping the fight, Jesus quietly left the table and assumed the position of the lowliest servant in a household. He filled a basin with water, grabbed a towel, knelt on the floor, and served his men by washing their dirty feet.
His example is one that we are still expected to follow today. The call on our lives is not to take a seat at the table and be great. Jesus commands us to leave the table and to sacrifice our own greatness for His greatness and the good of other people.
This move from the table to the floor is the move we are calling our church to make. We must leave behind comfortable, consumeristic, cultural Christianity and sacrifice like never before for the sake of each other, our community, and our world.