This is the third week of our program Fulfilling God’s Purpose! This week we focus on the theme “Living as Servants.”
The Gospel of John records a powerful lesson about servanthood taught by Jesus on the night of the final meal he ate with his disciples. All 12 disciples were gathered in an upper room with Jesus in their midst. Off to the side was a basin with water meant for the washing of feet. Washing feet was the job of the least servant who knelt down and washed the feet of the guests.
On that night, when the 12 were gathered with Jesus in their midst, Jesus took the basin, knelt down, and began washing the feet of each disciple. It was a very awkward moment. You see, they recognized the one with the basin. They knew he was the Son of God. Finally Peter, speaking up as if to voice the concern, the awkwardness, and the embarrassment of the whole group, said, “Lord, You shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus said, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you” (John 13:14-15). Jesus told us he came not be served, but to serve (Matthew 20:28). In the same way, God wants us to serve others. We are his servants through whom he works as we become his hands, feet, and mouths.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, just as you came to serve, grant us compassion and humility to be servants. Open our eyes to opportunities to serve. Use us to support those who are in need. We pray that you will use our program, Fulfilling God’s Purpose!, to help us grow in grace and knowledge of our Savior for your glory and the good of your people. In your precious name we pray. Amen.
Blessings on your journey as a steward!
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