This week's devotional is from Pastor Jeff.
ENCOUNTER: John 13:1-17
“After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciple’s feet...” v. 5
“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” v. 15
Jesus, the divine Son of God, the savior of the world, said this about his ministry: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). This is the unique and definitive message of Jesus; he humbly came to lay down his life, in love, for the whole world. Paul says, “He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross! This is what his humility looked like: His love took the initiative, to give sacrificially, to meet the needs of a broken humanity.
If we are to follow his example and be “washers of feet” then we must be ready and willing to give ourselves away in love. Here are some questions to consider as we reflect on Jesus’ life and how we can apply that example in our life.
- How much am I willing to take the initiative to show love to somebody, as opposed to waiting for them to make the first move or show some willingness or express some need to me? Our love often goes unexpressed and undemonstrated because we are waiting for a clear sign or invitation. But Jesus saw the needs in the world and set out in love to meet them.
- Am I a sacrificial giver? Do I know what it means to give in a costly manner? Or if I was honest would I say that I hold back for fear that it might cost me too much to step out in love? Is my love toward people and the world more sentimental than Christ-like servanthood?
- Am I thinking of how to meet the needs of others before my own needs as an act of love toward them? Do I encounter each person in my daily life with a genuine attentiveness to what kind of needs they bring to the table?
BE A BLESSING:
Ask God to bring to mind someone in your circle of relationships that needs your love expressed in a concrete way. In humility, whose needs can you “consider above your own?” Who can you serve today? Grab a towel, wrap it around your waist, and find some dirty feet!
I want to remind you how very much Jesus’ church needs you and your servant heart, too. We have been given gifts to administer to the people of God that we might be built up as his church. If we don’t serve each other in the body of Christ, then we won’t have the strength to be, collectively, who we are designed to be for the world. Who are your “people” that you strengthen in the church? Who strengthens you? Are you intentional about being with them this week? The humility of Jesus is exemplified in our washing each others feet in our church.
Humility is a marker along the well-worn path of becoming a fully devoted, life-long follower of Jesus. May it keep you going in the right direction as you seek to live for him.
“Stand at the cross roads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it. Then you will find rest for your souls.” – Jer. 6:16