Daily Devotion, 2/22/18, John 13:1-17, "Humble Servants"
"Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples' feet, drying them with the towel he had around him." John 13:3-5 NLT
I was at a Promise Keeper's gathering with thousands of other men several years ago when one of the speakers made an apology to another of the speakers then said, "If I had some water and a towel, I'd wash your feet right now." Some man from the crowd ran up to the stage with his bottled water. Another ran up waving a small towel above his head. The speaker said, "Y'all are crazy!" as the crowd erupted in loud applause. The speakers both washed each other's feet. It was a powerful moment…the only one I clearly remember from the event.
The only account of Jesus washing His disciple's feet is found in John's Gospel. It's interesting that the story was left out of Mark's account as well as the other two synoptic Gospels. As powerful and memorable as what I saw at Promise Keepers was, it certainly paled in comparison to seeing Jesus wash feet. Perhaps in hindsight the story was so humbling and convicting for Mark, Matthew and Luke that they decided to leave it out. Jesus was the leader, the teacher and the master yet He took on the role of the servant. He humbled Himself to the lowest place and served those who had chosen to serve Him.
How He could do it is summed up in verse 3: "Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God." Simply put, Jesus knew who He was and He knew where He was going. When you know who you are you don't have to prove yourself by putting yourself above others. When you know who you are and where you are going, you're not concerned with pride, power and position. You're free to serve, love and bless selflessly.
Rediscover who you are in Christ and remind yourself of your destination. If you're secure in those things, you won't be too insecure to serve humbly and to love well. You are loved!