Christ became a servant

For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.” And again it is said, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.” And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples extol him.” And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope.” Romans 15:8-12

Sometimes we forget that we are here as servants just as Christ came to serve not to rule. This was shown most clearly when Jesus washed the feet of His disciples. Many churches practice foot washing at some time or another, many times on the Thursday before Easter. But this practice today is only a dim reflection of what the custom of foot washing was in first century Palestine. Then the servant that did the foot washing was at the bottom of the pecking order. It was one of the lowliest jobs a person could do.

Now picture the upper room. The twelve are gathered with Jesus. Where is a servant to do the foot washing? Knowing what we know about the disciples I can imagine the conversation going something like this. Who is going to wash our feet? Not me, you’d never catch me doing that. What about John? He is the youngest. I’m not doing that, you do it. Back and forth and nobody noticed as Jesus stripped off His outer garment and began to wash their feet. The shock must have been so great they did not know what to do. Of course leave it to Peter to protest. No way was Jesus washing his feet.

Jesus insisted and Peter being Peter exclaims well then don’t stop with my feet wash all of me. Once again they missed the message. Once again Jesus confounded everybody around Him. We are not placed here to be served. We are not here to lord it over others or to feel superior to the unbeliever. No, we are here to serve. We are here to teach and to bring others into the kingdom.

When we wash each other’s feet it may be a nice gesture, it may even be humbling but it is not what we are to be about. We are to serve the unbeliever to bring them into the fold of His sheep. We are to serve each other each and every day not one Thursday out of the year but every day of the year until Jesus calls us home with a “well done, good and faithful servant.”

Who have you served today?

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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