Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. John 13:14-17 (NIV)
I have set before you an example. Will you follow my example? Will you pattern your life after mine? Will you do for others what I have done for you? What have you done for me? I do have some knowledge of what you have done for me. I couldn’t be more thankful and grateful for all that you have done for me. Yet, I ask, simply because I would love to hear you tell me the great things you have done for me. It would encourage me to hear you say all that you have done for me. I would be happy to tell you some of the great things I have done for you. Are you listening attentively? You have my full attention. First, I left heaven for you. I gave up and set aside all my rights and privileges as I came into this world for you. I suffered humiliation and rejection and harm for you. I paid for all your sins on the cross. My shed blood made it possible for you to be cleansed of all your unrighteousness. I broke down the barrier that once separated you from God. You are now justified in His eyes. You have now been adopted into His family. You are now a child of God. You have been filled with the Holy Spirit. A place is now being kept and guarded in heaven for you. You have also been enlisted into my service. You can now bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. I have made you able to shine brightly for me in the darkness of this world. Others will be drawn to me because they will see my light and life being lived out in and through you. How is that? That is fantastic. Thank you for all that you have done for me.
I can’t, however, do exactly what you have done for me. What is the essence of what I did for you? You humbled yourself and took on the form of a servant. Keep going. You poured yourself out. You didn’t hold anything back. You gave yourself fully. You held nothing in reserve. That’s right. Can you give yourself to others as a servant? Can you love like I loved? Can you serve like I served? Can you give like I gave? Yes Lord, I can, with all the help I know that you will give me. That will be very good.
Lord, I will follow your example. I will humbly serve others. I will give like you gave. I will serve like you served. I will love like you loved. I will go wherever you guide me. I will do whatever you ask of me. No one will be beneath my humble service. Use me. Amen
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