The Greatness of Serving


“Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going back to God . . . began to wash the disciples’ feet . . .” (John13:3, 4).

Jesus took off the coat that He wore to Passover. He had dressed for an important religious dinner. He set the garqment aside and tied a towel around His waist. He poured a basin of water and knelt down on the floor in front of the dirty feet of His disciples. Their feet were not only covered in dirt and dust, but they also had traces of whatever droppings the animals may have left on the streets where they had walked.

To say that Jesus humbled Himself would be an understatement. Jesus, the Son of God, Creator of the universe, the Alpha and Omega, the Savior of the world . . . knelt down and washed dung from the feet of His followers; and He did it at a fancy dinner.

He should have been the guest of honor. Instead, He honored the other guests. Jesus knew who He was. Therefore, He served. Let me rephrase that. Jesus humbled Himself and washed the feet of the disciples because He knew the extent of His greatness.

In that day, as well as today, the act of washing feet is not something that would be fit for a king. Let alone, the King of kings. However, God’s Kingdom is different. Jesus’ greatness is what led Him to serve. If we are to follow in Jesus’ example, like we’re commanded to do, we must serve.

In John 13:15-17, Jesus not only tells us to follow His example, but that if we serve like He did, then we will be blessed. As a Christ-follower, the greatness that we aspire to have is the kind that prompts us to roll up our sleeves, get on our knees, and serve.


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