I'm a Slave for Christ; Whose Slave are You?
Bob Smith, Pastor, Jacob's Well, Minneapolis MN
Read John 13:14
"If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet." John 13:14 (ESV)
Jesus has gathered with his disciples in the Upper Room to celebrate the Passover. It was customary in those days for the host of the house to provide a servant to wash the feet of road weary travelers. Since this is a borrowed home, there is no slave to undertake this rather loathsome task. It has not been long since several in this group had been jockeying for places of privilege in the common kingdom. Jesus had responded by teaching them that the greatest one is to be the servant. Now He gives them an example by taking the towel and the basin to wash their feet.
I am afraid that not much has changed among the followers of Jesus. There are still those who long to be seated next to the guest of honor at the banquet table. They love to give speeches and to be recognized for their generosity. As we enter into this season of prayer, may our attention be focused on servant leadership in our families, in our churches, and in our communities.
PRAYER: Father, thank you for sending your Son to show us the journey to greatness that lies in the path of the servant. Teach us how to serve with humility. Guard our hearts and shield us from the temptation to be self-serving. Lord, use our hands to wash the feet of those you have called us to serve in Jesus name.