It’s Not About Who??

Many of you know I spent 7 years on full-time staff at a Christian summer camp called Pine Cove (and 11 summers counting my college years). If you were a fly on the wall during orientation where summer college staff get trained, one of the things you’d hear often is “it’s not about you.” As wide-eyed 18 to 20 year-olds join the mission of Pine Cove, they need to see themselves as servants. That it’s not about them. And the reason staff need to hear that message is because they tend to believe the opposite – that it IS, in fact, about ME… and so do we.

The truth is, though I’ve heard “it’s not about you” more times than I can remember and even taught it to staff at Pine Cove for years, I don’t always believe it or live it out.

It’s why I need to be continually confronted by the counter-cultural example of Jesus. To a power-hungry, egocentric, squabbling group of disciples, Jesus said, “I am among you as one who serves,” and then put his words into action with an act that must have taken their breath away…

“(Jesus) 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.” – John 13:4-5

And then Jesus invited those same disciples (and you and I) into that same posture…

“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” – John 13:14-15

One small but significant way we live this out as a church is through ECHO. On July 25, we have an opportunity to echo God’s love into our community through service. And this year, perhaps more than any other, that is exactly what our community needs.

Click here to find out more and sign up for ECHO. And this year, there are ways you can serve others right from home!

Hope you’ll join me in living out this “it’s not about you” idea on July 25 by giving our faith feet and serving the vulnerable in our community… for the glory of God.

Matt Murphy
Lead Pastor