Day 38 Lenten Devotion

“Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him (John 13:3-5).”

The contrast that comes to expression in the words quoted above is simply stunning. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power… and he began to wash his disciples feet. The task of washing feet was typically given to the lowliest servant in the household. Jesus took that task upon himself on behalf of his intimate friends. In other words, the one in whom the Father invested his power used it in this act of service. Wow. This story begins to draw to a close several verses later when Jesus says to the disciples, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.”

We disciples of Jesus are called to spell power like this: S E R V I C E. Let’s say again, as we did yesterday, that to move toward the heart of God is to take on more and more of God’s character. To have the mind of Christ is to have the mind of a servant.