Go, Be a Servant | Devotions of the Week Vol. 11

February 19, 2016

  John 13: 1-17

One of the many stories I have learned from my childhood Sunday school was the story of Jesus washing the disciple's feet. Think of this, the Highest of High did the lowest for His people. In Biblical times, the people either walked around in open-toed sandals or barefoot. They weren't as blessed as we were where they could just hop in a car and go everywhere. Most of the time, they traveled by foot. I am sorry if you have a foot fetish, but you might can imagine the feet of these disciples and how dirty and worn they were.
Washing feet was considered a servant's job. It was considered a low task. 

v. 3-5

" Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from Gd and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciple's feet, and wipe them with a towel with which He was girded." 

In summary, Jesus knew that His Father, God, had put Him completely in charge of everything. Jesus knew that He would be coming back to God soon. He got up and began to wash His disciple's feet. He showed up the perfect example of serving. 
When Jesus began to wash the feet, Peter, one His disciples, said "No, You are my God, my Savior. You should not wash my feet".

Jesus replies,"If I do not wash you, you have no part of me".

Okay, that does not mean if you have not physically been washed of your feet by Jesus, you cannot be apart of the family of Christ. It simply means if you do not allow God to wash of your sins, you are not part of Him. Jesus is eager to wash your sins away, but you have to be willing. You have to put your faith in Christ. 

vs. 14

"If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet."
Does this literally mean to go and pick someone's feet up and start cleaning them? No, I think that would be a little weird. Imagine going to the supermarket and saying "Hey, let me wash your feet". Yeah, I don't think that would end really well. The act of Jesus washing His disciple's feet was an example of serving.

Jesus wants us to take that example and serve others. In modern day, washing one's feet can be stepping out and doing something for another person. It can mean going and serving your community, making a dinner for a family, helping a friend. It means going out of your way to reflect the God you have in your heart. 

We are called to serve. 

If the Highest can humble Himself to be a servant, why shouldn't we? There are so many needs that are in need of help in your community. It can be the smallest task, but it's a need. God calls us to serve. He does not call us to serve and then go tell everything how great of a person YOU are. He calls us to serve to show how great GOD is. 

God really challenged me to serve Him. He is challenging me to take His example and humble myself. I am not the most humble person, because I am human. My prayer is:

"Hey God, thank you for your amazing love and mercy. Thank you for the grace You have crowned upon me. Thank you for washing my feet. Thank you for the example You have set for me. Please allow me to humble myself and have a servant's heart. Allow me to serve You humbly and gladly. May You help me to reflect the great God that You are."

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(add on... this video was just posted by one of my favorite speakers.)

 

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