Scripture: John 13:14, ‘Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.’
Observations: On the night before Jesus goes to the cross he gathers with his disciples in the upper room to celebrate the Passover. And Jesus does the strangest thing. Even though the disciples consider him their ‘Lord and Teacher,’ he gets up off his seat and he takes off his outer garment, wraps a towel around his waist and washes his disciples’ feet. He does the job of a menial servant. While Jesus is symbolizing how on the following day he will wash away their sins through his death on the cross, his point is that his followers should serve one another. If their Lord and Teacher humbles himself in order to serve others, so his followers ought to humble themselves in order to serve one another. One of the marks of belonging to the church is humble service.
Application: Do you look at church as a place where you are served, or a place where you get to serve others? Is belonging to church about people meeting your needs, or an opportunity for you to meet the needs of others? How are you serving others? Are you using your gifts in Church? Are you helping someone in need? Are you looking for opportunities to encourage one of your brothers or sisters in Christ? As Jesus served You by laying down his life on the cross are you laying down your life for the sake of others? Are you anything like Jesus in this respect? Self-serving and self-centredness are marks of our old sinful nature, but the mark of our new nature in Christ is selfless sacrificial service.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, as my Teacher and Lord laid down his life in order to serve my greatest need, may I also lay down my life in order to serve the needs of others. Lord, forgive me when I am selfish and only care about my needs being met, and ignore the needs of others. Help me to become more like Your Son, Jesus Christ. Make me humble like he was humble. Make me willing to serve others, as he was willing to serve me. Open my eyes to opportunities to serve others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.