You Can Live Well - Day 5

Opening Prayer:

Lord, please open my heart to receive the word you would have me hear today.

 

Read: John 13:12-17 (HCSB)

“When Jesus had washed their feet and put on His robe, He reclined again and said to them, “Do you know what I have done for you? You call Me Teacher and Lord. This is well said, for I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example that you also should do just as I have done for you.

I assure you: A slave is not greater than his master, and a messenger is not greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.”

 

Reflect:

Everyone, regardless of their life circumstances, has some kind of basic need: food to eat, a place to shelter us from the weather, clothes to wear, water to drink, dirty feet that need to be washed. As Jesus performs the washing of his disciples’ feet, he is demonstrating that we are all responsible for noticing and taking care of the basic needs of others as we are able to. Nothing is beneath the level of things that we should be willing to do for others.

 

Apply:

Jesus taught us to be mindful of those around us, to pay attention to the things that we can do to serve each other, to lead by example regardless of how demeaning the task may be. Age doesn’t matter. Male or female doesn’t matter. All that matters is that God wants to bestow a blessing upon you, so go out and do these things.

 

Closing Prayer:

Father, you sent your Son to show us the way we should live our lives in a way that is pleasing to you. Please give us the strength to overcome our attitude of entitlement so we can exercise our faith by serving those you have placed in our circles of influence. May others see your glory only as we build others up.

Terry Schneider