Imagine being able to see what the disciples saw when they were with Jesus. Imagine the walks, the conversations, the teaching, the adventures. To be honest it is hard for me to imagine but I occasionally put myself in the sandals of the disciples as I read the gospels. I know that scripture is living and want to live it in a way that honors Christ.
So take a moment, clear your mind and imagine you are looking through Peter’s eyes….just before the Passover festival near the end of his earthly mission. You are sitting at the table with Christ and all of his disciples having a meal. You have spent three years following him, asking questions and listening to him. You think you are beginning to understand what he is teaching but you feel like you need more time to “get it all right.”
This evening something different happens. During the meal you see your teacher, Jesus, get up from the table and wrap a towel around his waist. He fills a basin with water and begins to wash everyone’s feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. He is doing the job of the lowliest servant. He is doing something you would never have done. He is washing the dirt, grime, and filth off of his own disciples feet, off of your feet. When he is done, Christ says, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”
This lowly act of Christ showed his disciples and each of us as believers what our lives should look like in our ministry. He spoke to the disenfranchised, ate meals with castaways, touched the untouchables of society. He did whatever he had to do to reach and teach those who were seeking the Truth. He spent his time and energy being a servant in order to share the Good News. This act of servanthood is an example to us to always show Christ’s limitless love for those who are lost and those who follow Christ as well. Because of our pride we do not like to do things that are either what we consider to be beneath us or what we do not think we are good at. Remember it is the Holy Spirit that does the work through willing servants. Do not let your pride disguise itself as what “you are comfortable with.” Get busy and serve however you need to. God cares more about your character than he does your comfort.
Repent: Think of a time in the past week when you were rude toward someone. What do you think motivated it? Why were you rude? How could you have responded differently?