So if I, 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 for you.
(John 13:13–14, CSB)

It is Holy Thursday. The night Jesus would be betrayed. Before sharing a final supper with His disciples, He knelt on His knees before them. Jesus, Lord and Teacher, Son of the Most High God, adopted a pose of servitude and began to cleanse His followers’ dirty, dusty feet—an humble, outrageous act.

As He quietly washed them clean, did the disciples reflect on the words He had spoken through the years? “The Son of man did not come to be served but to serve . . .” (Matthew 20:28). “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35). “The greatest among you shall be your servant” (Matthew 23:11).

Our Savior’s humble service was an outworking of His great love for mankind. He teaches us how love and humility instill in our hearts a desire for service and selflessness. Consider your Savior’s heart and His servant spirit. How will you humble yourself to serve others today?

Dear Father, as we observe Holy Thursday, we thank You for Jesus’ living example of love and service. We pray for pastors and missionaries who daily humble themselves to serve others. They willingly walk into emergency rooms and intensive care units and the homes of those who are ill to hold hands, share an embrace, comfort those who are afraid, and encourage those in despair. They gladly share their coats, their food, their money, their lives with those in need. They spend hours on their knees interceding for the lives of others. Please continue to guide them, strengthen them, embolden them. And, Father, as we see these faithful servants demonstrating love in action, mobilize us to follow their lead. Amen.

*By Robin McCall, Content & Marketing Hub manager, national WMU


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