3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, 4 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. 5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. 6 Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?”
7 Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.”
Bobbi came home with a quote one day. She said, “We always talk about how we want to be servants of Christ until someone treats us like a servant.” Boy oh boy did that ever ring true. Ever since she gave me that quote it has hit me over and over again. Yes, I want to be a servant of Jesus Christ. No, I don’t like being treated like a servant. A servant might not hear the words ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’ A servant might not be asked his opinion. A servant is just expected to do what others don’t want to do. A servant gets tired but his expectations don’t lessen. A servant makes less than he deserves. A servant is always expected to be serving. A servant is always expected to be pleasant.
When was the last time you were treated like a servant? Did you like it? Did you gripe about it? Or did you turn your face to God and thank Him for the opportunity to serve His kingdom?
Imagine watching Jesus put on a servants towel, fill a bowl with water, and begin to wash your smelly, dirty feet. Imagine how humbling that would be since Jesus did this because you were too proud to get the basin and wash the feet of your companions. Yes, the Apostles were a bunch of proud guys who were in a stand-off awaiting someone to pick up the basin. All of them needed their feet washed. It was a hot and dusty day. Yes, this was a common task. But no, none of them wanted to be the servant but all of them wanted to be served. All twelve of them failed that test.
But when Jesus picked up the basin and the towel, they were ashamed. He did not just wash their feet with joy but Jesus also taught them an amazing life lesson on being a true servant to all people. Whom does God have you to serve today? Keep your eyes open, there will be someone in need of a foot-wash, that is, a task below you but something you can do and must do in your service for Christ.
My dad is supposed to come home today. The implant of the defibrillator was successful and he is feeling good and ready to come home. He has a strict diet because of the internal bleeding so if you want to bring food get the list from Bobbi of what he can eat. (Basically, he can’t eat anything with whole wheat, anything with nuts or fruits with skins. Vegetables have to be very soft and meat has to be fully cooked.) He can’t drive for two weeks so he will enjoy visitors.
Early tomorrow I fly out to St John’s, New Brunswick to preach at a men’s retreat and to preach an installment service for Keith Boss. Keith was one of our Victory Home boys who went on to serve the Lord. This is an exciting event to be a part of. Consequently, I won’t be posting devotionals for a week.
Sunday morning, missionary Dave Davis will be bringing the message at Grace for Life. Dave is a great missionary who spent years in Pakistan with his wife as minsters of the Gospel. Dave has been a friend of this church for over 40 years. You won’t want to miss Dave Davis’s message.
Remember to pray for one another.
Have a great day in the Lord,