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14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
normal time for foot washing would have been upon entering the room.
The water, basin, and towels must have been just sitting there in
plain sight. Any one of the disciples could have taken the role of
servant, but none of them did. They certainly must have seen no was
serving them, but apparently did not see the opportunity to serve each
After the meal had begun, Jesus got up from the table,
took the role of a servant, and began washing feet. He demonstrated
that true greatness and authority is lived out in servanthood. He told
his disciples blessing would result from doing what he had modeled.
Response and Action:
want my eyes to be open to opportunities to serve. If I am observant,
I will see these opportunities all around me. They may be as simple
as washing dishes or housekeeping. The longer I follow Jesus, and the
more like him I become, the better I should be at serving.
God, make me a servant. Give me eyes that see what needs to be done.
Give me hands that are ready to pitch in and help. Give me the
humility and wisdom to see that no act of service or care is below me.
Give me a willingness to serve and give me the joy and blessing that
comes from serving in Jesus name. It's in his name that I pray. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses:
Jesus called them together and said, "You know that those who are
regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high
officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 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."
The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others
by Scot McKnight