Serving Like Jesus
Written by: Alexis Asamoah
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It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. - John 13:1 NIV
Washing feet has become a common addition to wedding ceremonies. Both the bride and groom will take off their shoes and each will take turns washing each other’s feet in a basin. It’s a powerful symbol of love and a commitment to serve your spouse for the rest of your life; however, while the act of washing your spouse’s feet is very sweet, in Jesus’ time on earth, it was actually quite a dirty job that a servant would do for his or her master.
During the Last Supper in John 13, Jesus wanted to show His disciples the best way to be a leader, which is through serving others in humility. The disciples were well aware that this was the King of Kings, God incarnate, so it surprised them that He would do such a humble and demeaning act. What they could not grasp was Jesus’ Kingdom being a Heavenly one and not an earthly one. Earthly kings were royal and separate from the people, asserting their power over others and demanding respect as an obligation. In contrast, Jesus loved His people and was among them, not expecting reciprocity, as their loyalty or allegiance to Him did not diminish His power or divinity.
Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God. - John 13:3 NIV
The amazing part about this chapter is that even as Jesus knew that He could have been proud, demanding orders and respect from every person who slighted Him, He chose not to. In fact, He knew Judas would betray Him and still washed His feet! Jesus’ disciples misunderstood His actions, but Jesus remained patient to teach them the importance of serving each other in humility.
I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. - John 13:15 NIV
Upon entering marriage, you commit to serving that person the rest of your life, regardless of whether they end up hurting you. Even in our friendships and relationships with those around us, we should seek to serve them because of the example Jesus gave. We don’t serve because we expect something in return or to show others how amazing we are -- we serve because Jesus served and He did so willingly with love and humility.
1. Have you ever found it hard to serve someone(s) around you?
2. What are some practical ways you can serve others?
3. How does serving make us look like Jesus?
Jesus, thank You for Your example of servitude. Humble me, so that I can better serve my family, friends, and neighbors. Help me to serve even those who have wronged me. I want Your heart for people. Thank You for being a kind and gentle King who wanted to be among us. Thank You for always being patient and loving toward me. Change the posture of my heart, so that I can be more like You. Amen.
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