ONE BASIN, WATER AND A TOWEL
Yesterday we thought about the extreme measures God takes to prepare someone so they can accomplish God’s purpose. I want us to think about this a little further. We would agree that Jesus put much training into the disciples over three and a half years so they would be ready for the greatest movement of God on earth – the Church.
While their ability to do God’s work depended on the Holy Spirit coming, filling them, and giving them power to preach the gospel effectively, there were some significant moments in Jesus’ training that we need to remember. I am referring to John 13, the basin of water He took to wash the disciples’ feet, and the towel. Though Jesus is God and Creator, His coming into manhood required that He humble Himself and become a servant (Philippians 2:5-8). He served these men.
In John 13, Jesus took on the role of the house servant. He put water into a basin and took a towel to dry their feet after they had been washed. Peter resisted being served in this way. Jesus responds with, “If I do not wash you, you have no share (part) with Me” (13:8). I think there are several meanings in this, but the one I want to point out here is that Peter (and all of us) need to experience the ‘greater serving the lesser.’ Without this experience, we will not know how to effectively serve others.
Have you let Jesus wash your feet? I am not referring to the literal act with water and a basin, but spending time in His presence, letting the water of His Word and His towel, remove anything that hinders you from being a true servant like Jesus. He will remove any superior attitude with His humble love and grace.
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