Day 15: John 13
Jesus the servant heart.
It was just before the Passover; Jesus was with his disciples in the upper room.
Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world, he knew that he was to be betrayed by Judas, he knew that Peter would deny him, but He also knew that he loved them and that he would continue to love them right up to the end (V1-2).
So, what did Jesus do?
He did the last thing that any of the disciples expected, He got up from the table and took off his outer garments and wrapped a towel around is waist. He poured water in a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet. The disciples were shocked and confused, they didn’t understand why Jesus was doing something usually reserved for a servant. Here was the Son of God washing the feet of ordinary men (V3-6).
Jesus knew that it was the end and yet he was not thinking about himself but of the disciples. He knew that actions spoke louder than words, He wanted to show them humility and how to have a servant heart.
Now Peter did not grasp what Jesus was teaching, He cried out ‘(V6) Lord are you going to wash my feet? You will never wash my feet. Jesus replied, ‘You don’t understand now what I am doing, but it will become clear later’ (V7).
Jesus said, ‘Unless I wash you, you have not part of me’. He was illustrating that if we do not accept the humble service of Jesus to cleanse us, we have no part of him (V8).
Sometimes our identity can be found in the act of serving. We need to show our servant heart by accepting the service of others, servanthood does not begin with service but being ready to receive.
Jesus said ‘he who washes needs only to wash his feet’ (V10), Jesus is explaining that when we bathe in Jesus we put our trust in God and what he did on the cross, yet afterwards we still need to continue to wash our feet, this is about an ongoing relationship with God.
Peter has done and seen miracles, he had preached the gospel and walked on the water, but he still needed to have his feet washed.
We can all be leaders in our lives whether that be leading at work, in your family or at church. Jesus is giving us an example of how we should live and love people and that is with the servant heart.
Are we prepared to the do the dirty messy work that is required, without complaining, to have that servant heart just as Jesus did?
Are we too busy serving or proud in our service that we forget to receive?
Do we remember to wash our feet daily?