Serving

Thursday, August 26, 2021

10-12 Jesus said, “If you’ve had a bath in the morning, you only need your feet washed now and you’re clean from head to toe. My concern, you understand, is holiness, not hygiene. So now you’re clean. But not every one of you.” (He knew who was betraying him. That’s why he said, “Not every one of you.”) After he had finished washing their feet, he took his robe, put it back on, and went back to his place at the table.

12-17 Then he said, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You address me as ‘Teacher’ and ‘Master,’ and rightly so. That is what I am. So if I, the Master and Teacher, washed your feet, you must now wash each other’s feet. I’ve laid down a pattern for you. What I’ve done, you do. I’m only pointing out the obvious. A servant is not ranked above his master; an employee doesn’t give orders to the employer. If you understand what I’m telling you, act like it—and live a blessed life.

-John 13:10-17 The Message

Verse 10: Jesus said to him, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”

Verse 11: For He knew the one who was betraying Him; for this reason, He said, “Not all of you are clean.”

Verse 12: So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done for you?

Verse 13: You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.

Verse 14: If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.”

Verse 12 study: Jesus didn’t do this for all the disciples to be friendly. He did it to extend how to serve after Jesus left the earth. The disciples got a mission and people to help.

Verse 15: “For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.

Verse 16: Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one, who is sent more significant than the one who sent him.

Verse 17: If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

Verse 1-17 studies: This is how Jesus set an example for us to be servants. He is the perfect model servant. He does precisely what the servants do by wrapping a towel around his waist and washing and drying his disciples’ feet. Jesus is serving; why don’t we have the same attitude? Who can you serve? It’s a blessing to serve. It’s a blessing to help because someone needs your gift to support.

Father, let us be quick to help others when we see it. My weakness is jumping to help those who need help because of my selfish deeds. I pray we can all take the example of Jesus to do good work for everybody. Thank you for the lesson. In Jesus’ name. Amen!