(This week is a special 7 day [yes – Saturday and Sunday, too!] blog devotional that gives perspective on Holy Week. I encourage you to read the passage listed before reading the devotional blog – Doug)
Thursday (John 13:1-17)
Theme: An Example to Follow
The time was immanent. Jesus knew that within hours he would be hanging on a cross. He knew that this was his last opportunity to give his disciples something that would remain with them forever. What does he do? He washes their feet.
Of all the lessons Jesus wants his disciples to learn, this one is the greatest: to love one another and to express that love through service. The washing of feet was a task reserved for the lowest of servants. Today it would be like the cleaning of toilets: a pretty miserable task. But Jesus did this to demonstrate the type of love his disciples need to have toward each other.
Notice that Jesus washed all of his disciples’ feet – including Judas. The love that Jesus has goes beyond who people are and what they do. This is the type of love he expects his disciples to have.
In another story Jesus said, “He who is forgiven much, loves much.” The key to growing in our love for others is to realize how much we have been loved (and forgiven) by God. This is the love that can change your world.
Jesus invites you to grow in love and service. Do you realize how much God loves and has served you? Is it enough for you to fully love and serve others? Is there someone you would hesitate to love and serve? Why? How might God want to deal with this in your life?