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JESUS AND SERVE
In John 13 we read about the last time Jesus ate with His disciples before going to the cross.
We read how He got up from supper, and laid aside His garments. He took a towel and girded Himself. He poured water into a basin, and began to wash the feet of the disciples and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.
After washing their feet Jesus said to the disciples: "Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. 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. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them" (vs.12-17).
During Holy Week our church has a service every night. On the Wednesday night we always have a foot washing ceremony where people have the opportunity to wash one another's feet.
This is not a service that is well attended - maybe because people don't like touching the feet of another person.
But you see, when Jesus washed the feet of His disciples and said He gave us an example to follow, it wasn't so much about washing feet. It was actually about servanthood.
We see the One who should have been served taking on the role as servant.
And that is what we as His followers should do as well.
We should not expect others to serve us, but instead look for opportunities where we can serve.
There are so many ways to serve someone.
Even just making a tired mom a cup of tea and looking after her baby while she sits and drinks that tea is serving her.
You will meet a lot of people during the course of your day today.
Why don't you follow Jesus' example and look for ways to serve those you meet?
Ask the Holy Spirit to direct you so you serve them the way He wants you to.
And expect to be blessed, for Jesus promised a blessing to those who follow His example and serve the people around them.