The problem is pride

Re: Verse reading–John 13:1-17; 31-38 (day six)
“If I, then, have washed your feet, you also ought to was one another’s feet”–v 14.  “Just as I have loved you, you should also love one another”–v 34.  It is not about feet.  It is about pride, about the things that I am willing to do (or avoid or purchase or say) in order to protect my ego.  About, the things that I am unwilling to do because they are difficult or unfulfilling.  The problem is not that I don’t love people.  I do.  I just don’t love them more than I love me and therefore NOT like Jesus loved.  After a while, I don’t even see the opportunities anymore.  I walk right past them so that my tender ego doesn’t feel obligated or guilty.   Ego-protected life is not a privilege Jesus gives His followers.  Obedience to God comes first, even at the price of my pride.  Washing feet illustrates it.  The cross proves it.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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