Low Enough To Wash Feet—Day 2
John 13: 14, 15
“If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.”
This week’s devotional passage gives considerable attention to our display of humility, not to those outside of the household of faith, but to those who are inside.
Often, it is easier to serve those we do not know than it is to serve those we know.
Being a pastor, my wife has often encouraged me to treat our children with the same level of gentleness, grace and patience I extend to the congregation.
As I write this devotional, I can hear her voice inside my head saying, ‘If you are going to do it for church members, do it for your family.’
What is it about us that we can work so hard for others, but when it comes to those who are closest to us we don’t provide the same quality of service?
We rush. We don’t do our best. It doesn’t come from a heart that is pleased to serve, but intent on getting done.
A real test of our humility is measured by how well we serve those closest to us.
Question: How well do you treat those you profess to love?
In the selected devotional passage, the disciples often referred to Christ as Lord and Teacher. These are reverential terms that reflect the disciple’s level of respect for Christ. Now, Christ challenges them to follow his example and humble themselves to perform the duties of a slave. How much more readily should the disciples do the same for each other?
In Greek the word for Lord is, kuriŏs, koo´-ree-os; the word speaks of one who has authority over others.
Not only do the disciples call him Lord, but they call him teacher also. In Greek the word for Teacher is, didaskalŏs, did-as´-kal-os; this is one who instructs others by imparting skills or knowledge.
The disciples submitted themselves to Christ’s authority as well as opened themselves to him to pour into their lives the doctrine they were to live by.
Who does not obey the command of those who have authority over them? Who refuses to put into practice what their teacher has taught them? Christ is saying, ‘If I am to you whom you say I am, follow my example, serve your brothers and sisters.’
Question: Whom do we say that Christ is to us? Is he our Lord and Teacher?
Lord, help us to serve well those in our household of faith, Amen.