Several hours before Jesus was arrested, He and His disciples shared a last meal together. Then He knelt before the men and, one by one, washed and dried their feet—Judas included.
“Do you understand what I was doing?” Jesus asked when He finished the job. “Since I, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.” Then He added the clincher: “You know these things—now do them! That is the path of blessing” (John 13:12-17).
Given our human nature, following Jesus’s example is often easier said than done. Who wouldn’t rather be served than serve? After all, being the recipient of another person’s kindness makes us feel special. Important. Loved. Donning the role of servant and doing the dirty (often thankless) work doesn’t carry the same appeal. Yet that’s exactly what we’re told to do.
Intentionally serving others—even the Judas in our lives—is the path of blessing. Doing so is not always convenient, and it might prove costly in time, energy, and resources, but when we do as Jesus says simply because we love Him, He will reward us.
That reward might be the joy of knowing we’ve done what’s right. It might be the satisfaction we feel upon helping lighten someone’s load. It might be experiencing God inexplicably making up the time we’ve invested to serve. It may even be personal transformation as we begin to care less about our own needs and more about those of others. Whatever the blessing we receive, that’s up to Jesus. But putting into action the things we know is up to us.
So, what’s one act of service you can do for someone this weekend? I’m going to invite friends over for Sunday supper and prepare a homecooked meal. I’d love to hear what you’ll do.
Know you are loved,
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