Friday, March 15, 2013


He got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him ... "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." John 13:4-5, 14-15

Foot washing was a common practice in Jesus' day. Tired, dusty and achy feet of guests would be washed by a servant as they entered the home of the host. It not only brought a refreshing to the guest, but was an expression of the hospitality of the host. But in our Scripture reading, it is the Master washing the feet. The Master takes on one of the lowliest, most humiliating roles. Then he says, "I have set you an example..." By "you" he means YOU; by "you" he means ME. The example Jesus set for us was that of servanthood. While others may tout that they are destined for greatness, we must remember that Jesus said, "... whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant."

Lord Jesus, help us to humble our hearts that we might better follow your example of servanthood. To be a servant we need patience that is often lacking, kindness that often falls short and tenderness that reflects your grace. May we see your lowly example as our highest calling. May we always look upon service to others as a privilege and never and as a burden. As we help others, may we serve, not only out of obedience to you, but also as an act of worship to you. Amen.

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