Thursday, May 13, 2010

What Does a Servant Look Like?


“After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” John 13:5 (NIV)
There is a feeling in the thirteenth chapter of John that we are there for one of the most significant events in history. What’s your picture of the atmosphere in the upper room where Jesus and his disciples met the night before Jesus died. Maybe hushed tones and a holy glow come to mind.
Let me shatter that vision with a hefty dose of reality. We come in to excited noises. The disciples are expecting Jesus to make His move to take over soon, and they'll go with Him to the very top. They talk about what that will be like. You can just imagine them dreaming. Suddenly the volume increases. No longer excitement, but argument. Which would be the greatest?!
The argument really began when they walked into the room. No one took time to wash the other’s feet. With thoughts of greatness on their minds, they had no time for an activity usually assigned to slaves. The fact that greatness is measured with the metre stick of service had not yet registered with them.
There sits Jesus, hardly noticed as the others argue. No one sees Him get up and walk to the other side of the room. A few notice as he takes off His robe and pours a basin of water. Stunned silence overtakes them all as Jesus comes to each disciple and begins to wash his feet.
Jesus washed their feet. God in human flesh washed dirty feet. Scrubbing dusty toes - now that's love made practical! Real love is an action, not a feeling. Everything was ready for someone to serve: the water jug was there, the wash basin was there, the linen cloth was there. It just took a person to take it up.
We hear Jesus say, “You should wash one another’s feet.” What does it mean to wash the feet of a disciple today? Ask yourself, why did Jesus wash the disciples feet? It wasn’t a religious ceremony, that’s for sure! He washed their feet because their feet were dirty!! How do you wash other’s feet? What does that mean? DO something that somebody else needs.
Family Discussion Question: Who in your own family needs their feet washed today? Who has a practical need that you could all be a part of meeting?
Listen! John 13

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