Re: Verse reading–Mark 10:35-45; John 13:12-17; James 2:14-17 (day three)
“You also should wash one another’s feet.”  Question: Why did Jesus wash his disciples’ feet?  Answer: Because their feet needed washing.  Jesus did not take this action in order to teach his disciples a lesson, though it did teach them.  He did not do what he did as a demonstration of servanthood, although it demonstrated plenty.  His action was rooted in actual service, not servanthood theater.  The example Jesus set for them was not one of sentiment (“How sweet that the Son of God is doing a menial task”), but love (“I will do good to you”).  When we move from a motivation that says “I am supposed to serve” to one that says “I will do good to people in need”, we begin to serve like Jesus taught us.

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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