Jesus Is: Week 2 - Day 4
Lord, help me remember that in Christ I need to be a servant as he was! Amen
Read: John 13:6-8, 14-15 (NIV)
“He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”
The Holman CSB Study Bible puts what Christ did into perspective. “With His crucifixion imminent, Jesus washed His disciples’ feet as final proof of His love and to give them an example of humility and service. In a striking demonstration of love for His enemies, Jesus washed all of His disciples’ feet, including Judas’s. Jesus’ act is even more remarkable because washing people’s feet was considered a task so low it could only be performed by non-Jewish slaves. In a culture where people walked long distances on dusty roads in sandals, it was customary for the host to provide water for foot-washing. This was usually done upon arrival, not during the meal.” Spurgeon adds to this thought by saying that this even made such an impact on John that years later he was able to give every minute detail of what happened.
I am humbled by what Jesus did and so I realize that if I am going to serve others there is no task I’m too good to do, no matter what my status is. This was brought home to me when I was a new school superintendent. I often visited classrooms and the kindergartners asked their teacher who I was. Since they never saw me in my office, but they did understand that their principal was the “boss” of their elementary school, the teacher explained that I was “Mr. Anderson’s helper.” Not long after that, when I walked into the lunchroom one noon, I saw a little kindergartner’s arms waving across the room, summoning me for some reason. He had a huge knot in his shoelaces which he wanted me to fix. So, I got down on my knees in my suit and tie and fixed his shoelaces. I was “Mr. Anderson’s helper,” after all!!
We must not consider ourselves too good to help another person.
While Christ’s washing his disciples’ feet is a wonderful example of humility, Philippians gives an even greater example in this week’s events. We need to apply it as we go through our daily tasks.
“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 NLT
God, may your Holy Spirit guide me to accept all tasks you give me, no matter how menial I believe them to be. Help me to be a servant of all. In Your Son’s name, Amen.