Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
Serving - John 13:1-15 (NKJV)
Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray Him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, "Lord, are You washing my feet?" Jesus answered and said to him, "What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this." Peter said to Him, "You shall never wash my feet!" Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me." Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!" Jesus said to him, "He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you." For He knew who would betray Him; therefore, He said, "You are not all clean." So, when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.”
A Servant’s Role: People do not usually wash other people’s feet; at least not willingly. In the time of Christ, this was the role of a servant or a slave. It was a role viewed with disdain by people of means. The very idea of Jesus, being God in the flesh, bowing down before His disciples to wash their feet, is mind blowing. We will all bow before King Jesus in the future, but during His ministry on earth, Jesus bowed before man and served with humility.
Peter’s Limited Understanding: When Jesus came to the place of washing Peter’s feet, Peter objected. He had earlier confessed that Jesus was the “Son of the Living God!” He was right in thinking that he was not worthy to have his feet washed by Jesus; However, Jesus was trying to make a point.
A Call to Serve: Jesus said, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” Jesus was setting an example for the Church to follow. That we would bow before each other to serve one another’s needs. In the words of the Apostle Paul: Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4
The Bottom-line: How “low” are you willing to stoop in order to serve others? Maybe it's time to improve your serve!
As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.