Leadership is serving others like Jesus – Day 3
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of life and for every breath that you give. I pray that as I study your word that your holy spirit will guide me to understand and help me apply these principles to my life. Amen.
Read: John 13:7-8 (NIV)
(7) “Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” (8) "No," said Peter, "you shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me."
Have you ever not wanted to do something because you felt it was beneath you? I wonder if this could have been the case for Peter. It is true that we don't always understand things immediately as they are happening. Sometimes it takes time to process things. Jesus recognized this. It must have been hard for Peter to bear, seeing his master perform this task of washing the feet of his fellow disciples like a common house slave. But he still did not understand Jesus teaching that to be a leader, a person must be a servant. When Peter responded "No, you shall never wash my feet" (v8) it is clear that Peter is still confused by Jesus’ actions. But Jesus gently and patiently explained the necessity of this washing and Peter relented.
Jesus words to Peter “unless I wash you, you have no part with me” may have had a duel meaning. (1) That unless he washed away Peter’s sins by going to the cross he could have no relationship with him, or (2) unless Peter submitted to him and allowed Jesus to minister in this way, Peter would never learn the lesson of humility. Whatever the case, Jesus teaches us that we must all be willing to do the most menial of tasks to be his followers. "Just as the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Matt. 20:28)
Lord, thank you for wisdom, understanding, and for your gentle patience with me when I am slow to learn. Amen.