Pastor Shaun’s sermon yesterday was about Serving and he shared the scripture about Jesus washing the Disciple’s feet. This is one of the most powerful examples of Servant hood in the Bible.
Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet: in John 13:
Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so 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.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
***There is allot more to this scripture before and after these verses, but I wanted to share this portion of the powerful act that Jesus was performing.
I was thinking about all of this and then how I could serve the people that surround me. I came up with a couple of items, and I will be searching for more as the week goes forward.
- A friend has been diagnosed with Cancer – I can make a dinner for him and his family.
- I have been helping my brother because of a surgery, but the best thing that I could do is spend some time with him.
- “Time” is a big factor when I look at how I can be a servant and that becomes a hindrance in what I do. I need to refocus on what matters and help when the needs come up no matter how long it takes.
I was looking at the response from the Disciples as Jesus was beginning to wash their feet – they had a difficult time in allowing Jesus to serve them. I believe we do the same today. When someone is wanting to help us – we seem to shy away from being served (Pride most of the time). I like the wisdom someone gave me a long time ago….. “Do not deprive the person who is trying to bless you or you will ruin their Blessing!”
So if you look around:
Is there anyone that you can be a servant too?
Are you accepting the blessing that someone is trying to give you?
Remember Jesus is working through all of us on becoming a Servant…
**I am going to finish with this scripture: Matthew 20: 26>28.
Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave — just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.