John 13:3-5 ” Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God. He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.”
Have you ever had that uncomfortable moment when someone asks you to help them? You really don’t want to help, but your stuck, your not sure what to even say to get out of helping. Excuses flood are minds. We could tell them this or that and maybe it would convince them that I’m just to busy. Yet as Christians what is the truth of the word of God say? Are we to say yes to Christ but no to the rest of the world. I believe we all have had moments when we think to ourselves, I’m not going to do that. But it seems like we keep going back to this self-sacrificial love that Christians are to be living by in our lives. Self-sacrificial love will change us forever, true happiness and joy come only by self-sacrificial love. And what Jesus is teaching us self-sacrificial love is about being a servant. I think JFK said it best in his inaugural speech Jan. 20 1961. Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man. We get so caught up on what God can do for us that we forget to ask God what can I do for you. How can I help my brother or sister in the Lord. How can I make a difference in someone else’s life. We look at the image of Jesus washing feet, the picture of Him serving those around Him. The picture of self-sacrificial love. And we see the perfect example of serving one another. The day before Jesus goes to the cross, He meets with his disciples, these men were not perfect, they argued about who was the greatest, and how many times we need to forgive one another, at times they seemed faithless and clueless. But as Jesus looked around at His brothers in the Lord, He sees proud hearts and dirty feet. As Jesus begins to wash their feet, the disciples were shocked, because this was their teacher, the Messiah that was stooping down to their level. This was the King of Kings and Lord of Lords washing dirty feet. This is reserved for the lowest of lowest in society but Jesus shows us we are all to serve one another. Matthew 23:11 “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.” But so many of us today are saying I won’t do that, I won’t help, I’ve got somewhere to go, I’ve got something else to do, that’s beneath me. What is holding us back from being who we are called to be. Pride, a busy schedule and laziness. Mark 9:35 “If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.” Galatians 5:13 ” For, brethren ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” You must realize you can not be looking down on others and looking up at God at the same time, for you are never more like Jesus then when you are serving others.
The measure of a man’s greatness is not the number of servants he has, but the number of people he serves. John Hagee