“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.” John [13:14]-15
Before I became a Pastor, one of my favorite jobs was being a personal trainer. My job was to help people accomplish their health and fitness goals. I would give people a detailed plan, and they would typically follow it—for a while. The routine went something like this: a guy would begin working with me, he would see quick results and become ecstatic about his progress! Then, after a few months, he would stop being committed to the diet. He would go back to his old eating and fitness habits. The gains he made quickly became losses. He would then come to me discouraged. What my workout warrior missed was the truth that fitness is more than a short-term experience—it’s a lifestyle.
The same is true for the Christian when it comes to serving—it’s a lifestyle. In this John’s Gospel, Jesus acknowledges that the Father has, “Put all things under his power…” Then, shockingly, Jesus bends down and washes the dirty feet of his disciples. The man who God has anointed with power, is now doing the lowest job in the household. Jesus has humbled himself by serving others. Then, He invites His followers to do that same.
Is your lifestyle like that of Jesus?
Lord, thank you for modeling a life of humility and service. Please give me a humble heart that seeks to serve others. Amen.
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