“1-Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. 2-During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him, 3-Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God, 4-got up from supper, and *laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself. 5-Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. 6-So He *came to Simon Peter. He *said to Him, "Lord, do You wash my feet?" 7-Jesus answered and said to him, "What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter." 8-Peter said to Him, "Never shall You wash my feet!" Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me." 9-Simon Peter *said to Him, "Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head." 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." 11-For He knew the one who was betraying Him; for this reason He said, "Not all of you are clean." 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 to you? 13-"You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. 14-"If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15-"For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. 16-"Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. 17-"If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.”
We live in a self-centered culture. The majority of our thoughts and plans are driven from our own desires. Occupations, friendships, even church are often become deduced to “how does this benefit me?” or “what’s in it for me?” In order for us to move beyond levels of superficiality and enter into true and honest conversations, we must learn the art of kneeling before another with open hands and a servant’s heart.
q What example did Jesus give to us in John 13.
q What was Jesus’ instruction to the disciples?
q How can His instructions be implemented into your life today (this week)?
-It may help you to prayerfully make a list: at home, with my spouse, in my
neighborhood, at work, at church, etc.
“It is high time that the ideal of success should
be replaced by the ideal of service.”
“Only the hands that give away the flowers of their
plucking retain the fragrance thereof.”
“The measure of a man is not the number of his servants,
but the number of people he serves.”
“There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord,
but few of us are willing to do little things.”
“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us.
What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”