To serve or to be served?

4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. John 13:4-5.

When my wife Rumby was in the last stages of her pregnancy, we had a pleasant visit from dear friends Joe and Farai. While we were chatting, Farai asked me to bring a dish of warm water and a towel. She proceeded to wash and massage Rumby’s feet. That one act of service meant the world to Rumby and proved to be just what she needed at that time. Farai picked up that example straight from Jesus and applied it by serving a sister in need.

Jesus said of himself, the Son of Man, that he had not come to be served but to serve (Matt 20:28). That’s a massive example for us because we much rather prefer others running around and serving us than us serving them. Who needs you to carry out an act of service for them today? Show someone love by helping them in a practical way. That way, you are following the example of Jesus, the Ultimate Servant.

This is what the disciples’ feet likely looked like, not to think of the smell.



Following and serving

<blockquote><sup>5</sup> Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. <sup>6</