An invitation to serve
John 13. v 12 - 14
When Jesus had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. ‘Do you understand what I have done for you?’ he asked them. ‘You call me “Teacher” and “Lord”, and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.
On the night you were betrayed, and at a time when others were arguing about greatness, you showed where your confidence lay by divesting yourself again, and by washing feet.
Forgive us when we are too fearful to serve, to lose face, position or reputation; when we like James and John seek the best seats, or are taken up by the need to be noticed. Your way is a different way. It bruises our egos, kills our pride and challenges who we really are.
When this challenge comes, help us not to flinch, but to truly enter into the kind of service you have called us to. Service not to humiliate, debase or wound, but to reform, remake and rebuild, not just for today but forever. Then in the light of eternity, show us our highest destiny formed in serving over self.
Written by Stan Brook