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Daily Devotional

Friday, August 17, 2018

Jesus Washing the Disciples Feet

So if I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.     John 13:14-15

We cringe at the thought of someone having to wash us. It might be the single greatest fear of aging—that we would not be able to care for ourselves. It is through this most intimate and personal act of washing that Jesus chooses to demonstrate how we are to care for one another. We are to get down on our hands and knees to help people get clean. This means that as followers of Jesus no task is beneath us when it comes to tending to others. We wouldn’t have believed it unless we had seen it for ourselves—Jesus, Lord and Savior, washing the dirt off of sweaty, smelly, and misshapen feet. Leading by example, Jesus tells us to take care of people according to his example. Get down on our hands and knees, get up close and intimate with others, and do whatever we can to help people out.

Have you ever washed someone’s feet?

Dear Lord, truthfully, the only feet I willingly wash are my own. The thought of washing someone’s feet is uncomfortable to me because it is such a personal, intimate, and culturally foreign act. But you, Lord, want me to get that close to people. You want me never to flinch at an opportunity to care for others. You want me to follow your example. You have served us all, and you call us to do the same. Help me to humble myself so that kneeling before others is a natural act for me. In your name, I pray. AMEN.


Stand Up!

When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be made well?"     John 5:6

For thirty-eight years a man had been lying by the pool at the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem hoping, dreaming, wishing he could get to a better place in life—but doing nothing to change his circumstances. Thirty-eight years! Looking at the stagnation and illness of this man’s life, Jesus asked, “Do you want to be made well?” “Do you desire health?” “Do you really want to be free to live as God created you to live?” The root of these questions was Jesus’ desire for the man to take responsibility for his life and wellness. 


Thirty-eight years is too long to wait for a miracle. It was thirty-eight years of daydreams and pipe dreams. Thirty-eight years of wasting away by the pool hoping and wishing for things to be different. Thirty-eight years of inaction. Most of us don’t have another thirty-eight years to wait to find the person God created us to be. We don’t have another twenty years to waste. In fact, we shouldn’t waste another day! No matter what ails us, it is time to heed Jesus’ command, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” When we start walking, that’s when we start healing!

What issue, situation, or relationship has been keeping you down?

Lord, I am tired of waiting. Call me out of my illness, help to surround me with the right people, allow me to break out of the dysfunctional systems that grip my life, encourage me to stop making excuses for myself . . . and then command me to start walking toward healing. In your name, I pray. AMEN.