“…you also ought to wash one another’s feet.”– John 13:14
What would you do if you won the lottery or received a large enough inheritance to sustain you for the rest of your life? Many of us would probably quit our jobs, plan our vacations, and build our dream homes! Knowing all of this is available to us, would we still consider serving the Lord and others?
Jesus knew that God had given Him all things. Christ’s inheritance includes everything (John 13:3). The cattle on a thousand hills. The ruler of heaven and earth. A throne at the right hand of the Father. And yet, while sitting with His disciples, He rose from the table to serve them. Jesus took off His outer garments. He humbly took the lower position of a servant. He washed their feet. Judas, the betrayer, included. In that same manner, while we were yet still sinners, God willingly came down from His throne and died for us. May we learn to serve as Jesus served us. We must remember the words of our Lord:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:43-48).
“The holiest men of modern times have always been remarkable for deep humility.”– J. C. Ryle