Last week's room in the My Heart - Christ's Home Bible study I'm leading was the dining room, the room of appetites and desires. We had a great discussion at our meeting on Wednesday about the things we crave and how we can turn out focus to crave to do the will of the Lord.
I set up a table with a variety of place settings representing some of the things we crave - china place setting to represent food & fine dining, empty Coca-Cola and Chips Ahoy packages to represent snacking, a piggy bank to represent money, make-up and nail polish to represent beauty, photo & plaque to represent honors and recognition, DVDs to represent entertainment and fame - none of these cravings are bad in and of themselves, however when they are our main focus and draw us away from our relationship with the Lord we need to re-evaluate their important in our lives.
We ended the discussion with a reading a John 13:1-16 where Jesus demonstrates a wonderful example of service as he washes the disciples feet and teaches them (and us) to serve others.
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. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 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. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.