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Misti McHatton

Step Up

Posted by: Misti McHatton

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To “step up” means to take responsibility for something; to see that it gets done.

John 13:1-17 is the story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. Verse 1 reads:

“It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.”

Jesus “stepped up” and showed us the full extent of His love through his sacrifice of dying on the cross.

The disciples failed to step up and take responsibility for their own dirty feet, let alone for one another’s. Instead, taken by their own self-importance, they let their King do the work of a common household slave.

I started thinking about other people in the Bible who “stepped up.” Three came clearly to mind.

Joseph, Esther and Nehemiah.

Joseph goes through what would be a trying time for anyone. Sold into slavery, accused of committing a crime, being thrown into jail, and then given the responsibility for “saving” entire nations from destruction because he was given the word of the Lord. Through it all, he saw God’s hand in it when he stated: “It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives” (Genesis 45:5b). What would have been the retribution had he not “stepped up” to help the nation prepare?

Esther, likewise, goes through some difficult times and in the face of potential execution and extermination of her people, goes before the King and is used by God to “save” her people. Nehemiah takes on the task of rebuilding the wall in Jerusalem. He is often met with opposition yet continuously “steps up” to see the vision fulfilled.

When God calls people to prepare and “save” people, the process he takes them through to prepare them for that role isn’t always easy. In fact, it is usually a guaranteed recipe for trial, hardships and pain. But through it all, with His grace, he asks us to “step up” to the calling that He has placed on our lives.

In looking back at where CEN has come from in the short time that I’ve been here, I’ve seen everyone have to “step up” and take responsibility in fulfilling the calling that is on CEN. Our biblical examples show us that “stepping up” is a process and that we are still in the middle of it because the purposes of CEN are yet to be fully implemented. So, my question and challenge to each of us is what else can we do to “step up” or make sure that we stay “stepped up” to completing this vision?

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