When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, 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 also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. John 13:12-17 (ESV)
If you want to be like me you will go and do what I did. If I am your Lord and Teacher you will follow my example. If you want to your life you will desire to know and do my will. What did you do? What example did you give? How can I know and do your will? These are questions that I know you can answer. Tell me, what did I do? You humbled yourself by coming into this world as a man. You gave up all your rights and privileges that were rightfully yours. You loved your God will all your heart and mind and soul and strength. You were determined to know and do God’s will no matter what would be the cost to you. You loved your neighbor as yourself. You fully lived out the two greatest commandments. Because of your great love for God and others you gave of yourself graciously, generously and sacrificially to others. There is no place you wouldn’t go or nothing you wouldn’t do to humbly serve others. You allowed yourself to be put to death on cross so that my sins could be forgiven and my unrighteousness cleansed. You live and died for me. Yes, I did.
What do you want to do? I want to follow your example. I want to do your will. I want to go and do what you did. I will humble myself in service to you and to others. I will go where you guide me. I will do what you ask of me. I will graciously and generously and sacrificially serve others. There will be nothing I won’t do for you. There is no place I won’t go for you. Why are you willing to sacrificially serve me and others? I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I love you because you first loved me. I want to know and do your will. I want to live my life with and for you. Just as you gave your life to me. So also, I will give my life to you. Use my life to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Show me where I can go and do your will today. Yes, I will.
Lord, thank you for giving me an example to follow. I want to go where you went. I want to do what you did. With a humble heart, I will go serve others. I want to do for others what you have so graciously and generously done for me. Use my life for your glory. Amen
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