John 13

John 13. Clean feet

John 13:1-38

SUMMARYClean feet

OVERVIEWJesus set the ultimate example of service by washing the feet of his disciples, even those who would later betray and deny him.

BIG IDEAThe King of the world stooped to serve others.

KEY VERSEJohn 13:13–14 (Jesus to disciples)
You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet.

Remember, you are a humble servant because I am a servant. You cannot follow after me if you do not expect to touch the untouchable, listen to the unlovable, feed the ungrateful, and invest in those who can’t repay you. I love to let the last go first and put the first at the end of the line. Don’t worry; I know the truth: you don’t want to do any of those things. But the miracle is this: the more you get to know me, the more you will want to serve others.  

I love you. Jesus died for you because you have worth and value. You are my child, but it’s not about you. Because of the grace I have given, you are free to serve others and show my love to all sacrificially. Live a life of purpose by giving yourself to me, spending time with me, and following me into a life of service. Live like Jesus by serving others and experience freedom and joy.

Is there someone you avoid regularly? Someone with a huge ego, poor hygiene, negative attitude, different lifestyle, or excessive neediness? We all have people in our lives that we find difficult to serve, but God puts people in our pathway for a reason. Decide today how you can help that person, even in the simplest way, and do it.