Read John 13
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Scripture- John 13:3-5- Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.
Observations- I stand in amazement every time I read these verses. Jesus, in this moment, is fully aware that He and the Father are one in such an intimate way that He has all power and authority. Then his very first act in response is to serve His disciples by washing their feet. Normally, a good host would make provision to have the guests feet washed before the meal, which was usually a task assigned to a slave or servant. I like to think Jesus intentionally forgot this detail as the host, so the disciples would have to figure out the foot washing issue as they gathered together in the Upper Room. they looked at one another, but took no action to serve. I picture crossed arms and grumbling. Jesus, the One with all power and authority, freely chose to be a servant and host of the meal. Jesus revealed the Father and gave us a model of discipleship by picking up a towel and washing their filthy feet.
Application- If the One who has been given all power and authority can serve, then I guess I can, too. Jesus invites us to a life of serving others, not out of a sense of obligation, duty, fear, our own need to please, or any other motive that misses the mark of God's full intention for our lives. Jesus wants us to serve others to reveal God in the lives of others. This reveals the heart of the Father. Grab up your servant's towel and get busy simply because Jesus modeled a life of serving others. Don't worry about anyone else's servant's towel. You do what God calls you to do for His glory. What does the One with all authority over everything want you to do? How will you take up your servant's towel?
Prayer- Dear Father, thank You for modeling serving others through Your Son. Help me pick up my towel and choose to serve with joy. Let this symbol of foot washing become an icon in my heart and mind about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. What new towels do You have for me to pick up? Amen.
"You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross." (Philippians 2:5-8),
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