It is not always easy to humble ourselves and get our hands dirty. But that is exactly what Jesus calls us to do. We see, all through the Bible, examples of Jesus serving people and loving those who can be hard to love sometimes. And one of the most popular examples of Jesus serving and loving His people is in John 13: 5-8…
5 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.6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
So I know we have all heard this story probably hundreds of times but I really want to dig into it to, not only help us to gain an understanding of who Jesus is and how he calls us to live, but also to encourage us as we strive to live a life of service.
So we start in the first verse when it says that Jesus is pouring water into a basin and He takes off this towel that was wrapped around his waist and he start washing the dirty feet of his disciples. I mean that is just a crazy thing to even think about like, these disciples are in the presence of the one true king the heavenly father and they just got back from traveling on dirty ground, their feet are torn up and dirty and extremely gross but they are in awe at the fact that they’re standing in front of the Prince of Peace.
And isn’t that such a profound analogy for our lives. We are these dirty, torn up people, our hearts are just disgusting in the sight of the Lord and all messed up and ruined. Yet with all that dirt and all that mess of being a human, we find ourselves standing in the presence of the one true king this holy and blameless, literally perfect person. Who we do not even deserve to say His name and yet were standing in front of him. Like that, in and of itself, is crazy.
Then the King got on His knees and he pulls off his towel he was wearing and he picks up these crummy disgusting feet that I know I would never want to touch, and he starts to clean them.
And this is exactly what the Lord is calling us to do. He is calling us to lay down our pride and serve.
And then, jumping down to the last verses when Jesus is talking about when He is going to die on the cross, he basically says to Simon Peter, “My child, things are going to happen, and your human mind will not be able to understand them, but I have it all under control and one day you will understand.”
I want to encourage you all today by saying,
Service, no matter the size, is a demonstration of God’s love towards us and, when we serve, we look the MOST like Jesus.
So I have a question for you guys,
What will be your “Water in the basin”? How will you serve like Jesus this week?
XOXO, The Christian Prepster