When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. - John 13:12-17
Jesus’ main goal when it came to his disciples was to help them develop a solid faith based on trust in Him. He wanted to make sure they could hear and follow God’s promptings even when they could not see or understand the ultimate outcome. He left behind men and women, grafted to Him, who had service to the souls on earth at the front of their mind, and today it is our duty as Christians to act with that same servant mentality in our communities. Over the past few weeks I have been reading the life of Saint Francis of Assisi to my children. He gave up a life of parties, wealth and prestige in his mid twenties for a life of poverty and service to those around him who were most in need. Now our commitment to service does not have to be as extreme as abandoning our families, jobs and responsibilities which God has entrusted us with but we must always be open to the prompting of the Holy Spirit for where we are needed.
Daily Battle Order:
Are there people or situations that you hide from for fear of embarrassment or shame? Today, look around you at the unpleasant and unwanted tasks in your families and communities and ask what you can be doing to bring God’s Love as His servant into those encounters. Pray that God can help you to be His light and share him with all those you meet.