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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, November 18, 2019
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Today’s scripture reading:
You know these things—now do them! That is the path of blessing. – John 13:17 (NLT)
Jesus was the model servant, and he showed his servant attitude to his disciples. Washing guests’ feet was a job for a household servant to carry out when guests arrived. But Jesus wrapped a towel around his waist, as the lowliest slave would do, and washed and dried his disciples’ feet. If even he, God in the flesh, is willing to serve, we his followers must also be servants, willing to serve in any way that glorifies God. Are you willing to follow Christ’s example of serving? Whom can you serve today? There is a special blessing for those who not only agree that humble service is Christ’s way, but who also follow through and do it. (NLT)
John 13:3-17 – Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel he had around him.
When he came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, why are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now why I am doing it; someday you will.”
“No,” Peter protested, “you will never wash my feet!”
Jesus replied, “But if I don’t wash you, you won’t belong to me.”
Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!”
Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you are clean, but that isn’t true of everyone here.” For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because it is true. And since I, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. How true it is that a servant is not greater than the master. Nor are messengers more important than the one who sends them. You know these things—now do them! That is the path of blessing. . . .”
Quoted verse: Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus. – Colossians 3:17 (NIV)
“Story” – Carol Harrison (Saskatchewan, Canada) story is titled “SERVANT HEART;” here is a portion of Carol’s story:
“For six weeks my broken knee had limited my ability to do things for myself. When my friend offered to come over and care for my feet, I reluctantly accepted. . . .
“My friend’s act of service reminded me of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. . . . He taught in words and by example how they should treat one another. Paul expressed it this way: ‘Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others’ (Phil. 2:3-4).
“I was humbled by my friend’s servant heart and challenged by scripture and her example to look for those in need – to seek ways, no matter how humble, that I can serve God by serving others.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Jesus is my example for serving others.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to be mindful of the needs of others. Amen.
Prayer Focus: TO SERVE OTHERS
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/