John 13:1-20; 2 Chronicles 18; Psalm 78:21-37
“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.” (John 13:3-5 NKJV)
I’ve always heard that washing the feet was the job of the lowest slave.Everytime I’ve read this story, I’ve pictured Jesus and the disciples coming into the upper room with a long awkward silence, with the disciples looking at each other trying to figure out which was the least in the pecking order so they would wash the feet. Today it struck me that Jesus rose in the middle of the meal, after letting any awkwardness linger for much longer than I’d always imagined. The message of Jesus still rings clear, though – greatness in God’s kingdom is found in serving others.
If true greatness in God’s kingdom is found in serving others, what are we waiting for? Seriously! There are so many in our world who need help and sometimes it seems like people in the church are waiting for a sign from Heaven to help others. Do you really want that sign? Read Matthew 25. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Give money, donate time, or use your God-given abilities to make a difference. Once you start finding ways to serve God by helping other people, you’ll experience God’s peace and joy in your work or your giving. The key is to serve God by serving His people throughout life’s journey.
Lord, there are so many people that need ministry. Give me wisdom to minister as You empower me, and inspire Your church to make a major difference in this world by caring and meeting needs.