The Service of the Lord

So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?  Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.  If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.  If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

John 13:12-17

I don’t think that it would be possible to overemphasize the importance of serving in the Christian life.  All through His life, Jesus was a servant.  He “went about doing good.”  He helped people wherever He found them.  In this passage, He gave the disciples (and us) a powerful illustration of serving others by washing their feet.

There is a great lesson for us in these verses.  “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.”  If Jesus Himself could stoop to wash the feet of His disciples, how much more should we be willing to be servants?

Serving is not natural.  Serving is not part of our human nature.  Our nature is to want to be served.  We are selfish creatures by nature and by habit.  But, as Christians, we are servants because our Lord and Master was a servant.  We are to follow His perfect example.

“If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”  We know that we should be helping and serving others.  We will be happy if we do it.  Are we happy?  Are we serving others as we should?

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