Today’s Reading: John 13
As we continue through John, Lynden shared with us the assurance of God’s glory in the midst of everything going on. I pray you were able to hear that yesterday.
Today, as we read chapter 13 John has so many different topics we can focus reflect on. There’s betrayal, denial, and the humble act of foot washing. This is where I landed today. The other day as I was sitting at hockey practice for my son, subtle tears came to my eyes as I thought, “What would it look like if I knew I was going to die tomorrow? Would I even think to serve others or just myself? “ Would I still be consumed with trying to keep our students and staff at school as many days as possible during this pandemic? Would I continue to run my kids to their practice? Would I call family and friends or try to cross one more thing off the bucket list? Maybe I would just hang close to my wife and read books to my daughter until she falls asleep? I wipe my eyes and reflected on Jesus the Thursday night of Passover and ultimately his death.
Jesus had different thoughts and actions that night, not of the flesh like my own. His plans were completely selfless. He was going to serve the disciples that were around Him that evening. Even the person who was going to betray Him later that evening. In verse 3 Jesus knew that everything was put under His power. What did Jesus do? You already know. He took the spot of what was in the Jewish culture reserved for the lowest. He took off his outer garment and started to wash the disciples’ feet. I was listening to a sermon by pastor John MacArthur where he said, “Selfless humility is the soul of love. The humbler you are, the less interested you are in yourself, the greater your capacity to invest yourself in somebody else.” What was the response of the disciples? They were in shock, speechless, or wanting their hands and head washed too. So here is our example, our lesson. Can we love like this. No matter the cost can I love selflessly, humbly, in the most menial, simple necessity of life.
Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you will not understand now, but afterword you will understand. “
How will you humbly show love today? What can you do today?
Lord, you provided the example by sending your own son. A son who gave up His own life for ours. What love you have for us. Lord help us to love like you. May we humble ourselves, be meek, and lowly like You so that our love can be elevated. Every day we have the opportunity to love others. I pray you to help us to show true love with selfless regard. Amen
Galatians 5:13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
MacArthur, John, The Humble Love of Christ, January 18, 2015