How can I give my life in service to others like Jesus gave His life for me?Today’s Image: Bread and Wine (or Juice)
Bread and wine remind us of Jesus’ death-- his greatest act of service. Jesus explained His death like this: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
READ: John 13:1-17
In ancient society, foot-washing was considered such a lowly task that only a slave was expected to perform it. Yet Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. He did this to show them that “he loved them to the end,”—that is, “to the uttermost”. He did it to illustrate the meaning of his cross and to give his disciples an example to follow.
In this time of crisis, it is easy to become preoccupied with our needs. We may wonder: Will I become sick? Will I lose my job? Will things ever be normal again? We can start to wonder why others don’t pay more attention to our needs: Don’t they understand how lonely I am? Don’t they see the pressure I am under?
These thoughts are normal, and God does not ask you to deny your needs. As a matter of fact, he wants you to know just how much he cares for you. This is the message of the foot washing. He knows you have needs. He knows that he is the answer to your needs. Unburden your heart to him. Allow him to wash your feet by taking all of your troubles and heartaches from you.
Then you will be able to wash the feet of others. You will be able to see and meet the needs of others who are also walking through this time of crisis.
Do an act of service for someone else within the next day. Don’t let them know you have done it for them. Let your service be your secret gift to God and to them. This will help draw you close to the heart of God, since you have only him to talk to about what you have done.
(If you are doing these devotions as a family, you may want to put all your names in a bowl and have every family member pick out someone else’s name—but don’t say whose name you picked.)
After 24 hours reflect on your experience—how did it feel and what did you learn? How does serving others draw you closer to God?
PRAYER. Thank you Jesus for your life-changing act of service for me on the cross. Let me serve my friends, family, fellow-workers, and others you put on my path in this time of crisis.