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A Servant's Heart
“Before the Passover Celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to the Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end…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 disciple’s feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.” John 13:1, 3-5 (NLT)
A servant’s heart is a heart of love. Love is willing the good of another person – for their good, and not for any perk we may receive in return. To love well you must become a loving person. It’s not what you do, but who you are. That’s how Jesus loves us. He is love.
And he loved his disciples to the very end, even Judas who was about to betray him. How could he love like this? Jesus lived out of what was given to him by the Father - his love, power, word and identity. And it’s Jesus who transforms us into loving people, too.
Here Jesus serves his disciples in an ordinary, yet disgusting task. In his day and culture, meals were eaten by lying around a low table, and if your friend’s feet weren’t clean, you might have residue herd-dung in your face, making your meal indigestible. On the most basic biological level, this task of love that Jesus extends is for their good. It’s an example that nothing, even simple, menial tasks are out of character for the loving heart.
How will you lovingly serve someone today?