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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

John 13:2, 4-5

 
And supper being ended...(Jesus) rose from supper, laid aside His garments and began to wash the disciples’ feet.
John 13:2, 4

Jesus made clear his main point in stooping to wash the feet of his disciples: "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 should do as I have done to you" (John 13:14-15). But the account that John gives is very detailed and one particular detail he recorded is that before He washed their feet, Jesus "laid aside his garments" (John 13:4), then immediately afterward he took them up again (John 13:12). In this laying aside his garments, He was quite literally "taking the form of a bondservant" (see Philippians 2:7). This leads me to ask the question: What must we, as followers of Jesus, lay aside in order to wash one another's feet as Jesus did?

The most obvious attitude that must be laid aside is pride, and much has already been said about the necessity of humility in obeying the commandment to wash one another's feet. But I believe we also need to lay aside our fears. The fear of what men might say or do often paralyzes us from boldly obeying Jesus. The fear of losing the esteem of others will often rob us of the joy that comes when we obey.

I think we will also need to lay aside our rights. When Jesus laid aside his garments, He was also laying aside the rights of his kingly position. So we, as ambassadors of King Jesus, should willingly lay aside our secret belief that others should serve us, or that we have a right to be our own boss.

May God grant us grace to lay aside our pride, our fears, and our rights.

Tom Day

 

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