iPromise Devotion – 2.8.16

ipromise

This Week’s #ipromise Principle- God’s promise to finish what he started is a promise to live not a position to attain

Today’s #ipromise Principle- Serving is not about reaching a particular goal.  It is about giving to a worthy God.

 “If I then, your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example that you also should do just as I have done to you.”       John 13:14-15

Is it just me, or does even the thought of washing someone else’s feet make you want to gag?? I mean even considering that those disciples back in the day wore sandals and walked through sand 24/7 and even possibly dung from an animal, “Jesus, surely you have to be joking!” In modern times he’s asking us to take a teenagers foot, after a sweaty night of basketball, take off that hot corroded onion smelling sock, and wash his or her feet! That’s insane! That’s disgusting! No thank you!

Well, maybe to us it’s gross, but to Jesus its servant hood. The thing is, washing of the feet is an example of what servant hood is. It’s dirty. It takes humility. It defies our proper “you’ll get a disease if you touch that” kind of life. To reiterate, washing feet is a bold yet simple picture of servant hood.

I remember over the Christmas holidays I was hanging with my brother in Monroe Louisiana. We were chillin at the house, just him, me, and of course his two sons, one is 2 years old and the other is 9 months. Any of you married with children folks knows where this is going…two babies, who aren’t potty-trained, mess their diapers. As the loving and fun uncle I am, looking down, watching my bro clean both of them, at the same time while they cry, I thought to myself… “My brother could use a hand or two…Ew, No I’m good, I am not touching anybody’s mess but mine!” Sounds manly doesn’t it? You know what the Holy Spirit did in that moment? He reminded me how Jesus was when he walked the earth, and how he can live through me now. He pierced my heart with the John 13:14-15 passage from above that inspired these three thoughts as I pondered on this amazing story and the horrible brother I was in that moment.

  1. Servant-hood is uncomfortable: It pushes boundaries that makes us think less of self.
  1. Servant-hood in the horizontal actions, points vertically to Jesus: Our service points to Jesus! Jesus is not the example of the Christian life, He is the epicenter of the Christian life! So what we do is an example of Him.
  1. Servant-hood is loving sacrifice: Servant-hood is done out of love to those around us. It takes sacrifice to be a servant. Jesus served you and me when he sacrificed himself, “who for the joy set before him enduring the cross scorning its shame, and seated at the right hand of the throne of God” Hebrews 12:2. With JOY he loved you with his service to you, by his death for you.

The goal is never glorification of self, but only the emulation of the Cross of Christ. Will you be the servant Christ has inspired and ignited you to be?

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