Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Dirty Work

So, if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. John 13:14 HCSB

Janitor. Garbage collector. Plumber. How would our homes, schools, businesses, and churches look and smell if no one ever did these jobs? Sometimes, someone has to do the dirty work.

God wants us to serve others. But what if serving others means lowering ourselves to do something we feel is beneath us?

Jesus served His disciples by washing their feet. A job which was normally done by a servant was done by the Son of God. When He should have been sitting at the head of the table being served, Jesus chose to lower Himself in order to serve His disciples. By doing this, Jesus showed them the importance of self-sacrificing service.

Jesus is our example. He served others, even if it meant lowering Himself. He served His disciples by washing their feet. He served us all by lowering Himself to die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. He wants us to serve others as well, even if it means lowering ourselves.

Lord, help us be willing to do the dirty work when necessary.

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