Wednesday, April 2, 2014

An Example to Follow

John 13:14-15 (NLT)
And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each others' feet.  I have given you an example to follow.  Do as I have done to you.

Do you know this verse?  Did you kinda skim through it?  Me too, the first time.  It’s easy to do.  Then I was challenged to think about it, which is how I challenge you today.

Think about Jesus at this point in his ministry.  Three years on the road.  Where did he sleep and eat?  He was followed by crowds and scorned by Jewish leaders - teaching, healing, ruffling feathers, preparing the disciples, walking.  Seeking privacy to be alone with his Father.  As Jesus speaks these words, he knows his torture and death are imminent.  What do you imagine Jesus is feeling?  Success?  Exhaustion?  Frustration?  Dread? 

Have you ever come to a point in your life when you are just DONE, but it’s not over?  I imagine Jesus was there.  So what did Jesus do?  He served.  He bent down and washed the feet of the friends who would run away in fear, the man who would repeatedly deny even knowing him, the feet of the man who would kiss his cheek and seal his fate.  He humbled himself and continued to serve.

Jesus says “I have given you an example to follow.  Do as I have done.”  What do you do with that?

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