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The Servant King

  • So when he had washed their feet, put his outer garment back on, and sat down again, he said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? You call me, 'Teacher' and 'Lord.' You say so correctly, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet" John 13:12'14 WEB.

    When you were invited to dine at someone's house during the time that Jesus lived on the Earth, you typically bathed before going. But on your way to their home, your feet would become dirty from traveling the dusty roads.

    It was customary when you arrived for a servant to wash your feet and freshen you up before the meal. They didn't even ask Jewish servants to perform this lowly service. It was reserved for gentile servants or slaves.

    When Jesus and the disciples came into the upper room for the last supper that evening, the servant was missing. All the Apostles knew what should be done, but none of them offered to do it because they had just been arguing over which of them was the greatest (Luke 22:24). They seemed to be thinking, "I am not about to wash their feet. They can wash mine."

    Then Jesus knelt before each of them and washed their feet just as a gentile slave would have when they should have been scrambling to clean His. Other than Peter's outburst, it appears that the entire foot-washing happened in embarrassed silence. Then Jesus asked them, "Do you know what I have done to you?" and He got more silence.

    Jesus told them: "You call Me Teacher and Lord, and rightly so." His humble act of serving them had not diminished His greatness. He was still Lord, just different from what they expected. Jesus demonstrated that the greatest among them needed to be ready to perform humble service for the least when necessary. "The greatest among you will be your servant."

    Humility does not diminish who you are. It perfects it. I can tell of so many times where God gave me a choice between humbly serving or arrogantly ignoring. The times when I chose to humbly serve, I was soon promoted somehow in my life. The month before the Lord pushed me into becoming a pastor, I scrubbed all the toilets in our church because the servant was missing that day.

    "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time" (1 Peter 5:5'6).

    When a humble opportunity to serve appears, and the servant is missing, lay aside your garment of pride and become the servant. Do it with joy and energy as if you were working directly for the Lord, for the greatest among you will be your servant. This is also the fastest path to promotion.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus as an example for us and let me grow more and more like Him. Please help me recognize divine opportunities that arise in my life, and make the right choice. Let me be Your servant. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: FAAD group members (Fight Against Anxiety & Depression) today is"Feel Good Friday!". This event is about lifting up each other up! We all have times when we are weak, but together, we can get through it! We invite you to share anything that may have prompted a good feeling in your heart today. Even if you're having a bad day, perhaps look to encouraging scriptures, prayers or thoughts, and testimonies of God's work. Whether you are suffering from anxiety or depression or just want to help, all are welcome to join!: FAAD Group:


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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Amen,
Jun 24
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus as an example for us and let me grow more and more like Him. Please help me recognize divine opportunities that arise in my life, and make the right choice. Let me be Your servant. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen! ❤️
Jun 24
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Jun 24
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

Jun 24
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen.

Jun 24
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Jun 24
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Amen!

Jun 24
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen, thank you Jesus for loving us.

Jun 24
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father 

Jun 24
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen.  Heavenly Father Thank You for teaching me to be a servant for you.  May i remain humble. AMEN

Jun 24
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen 

Jun 24
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father for everything you do for us 

Jun 24
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jun 24
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

This I pray, in the name of Jesus, Amen!

Jun 24
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord. 

Jun 24
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thank you, Jesus, for Your example. Help me recognize divine opportunities and guide my choices. Thank you. Amen

Jun 24
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

AMEN! The Lord is teaching us Humility by His actions, can we do no less? My Lord and God, please help me to be humble so I can be used by you to reach out to others by actions of kindness and what ever You lead me to do, so they can see You and turn to You, in the name of Jesus, Amen!

Jun 24
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Please Lord Yeshua, help me to be a reflection of You in my life. In Your righteous name I ask, Amen. 

Jun 24
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

I am your servant dear God. Amen 

Jun 24
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen Lord Jesus!

Jun 25
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Marilyn Salter
Marilyn Salter

I feel joy and gladness when I am able to serve someone else. I pray the Lord fills my life with those moments. Help me to recognize them when they come my way.

Jun 25
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

Jun 25
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen!! Jesus set a great example for all of of to serve others and not consider any task beneath us.

Jun 28