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Washing Feet . . . and Dishes

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January 17, 2024 7:00 pm

Washing Feet . . . and Dishes

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January 17, 2024 7:00 pm

On Charley and Jan’s fiftieth wedding anniversary, they shared breakfast at a café with their son Jon. That day, the restaurant was understaffed with just a manager, cook, and one teenage girl who was working as hostess, waitress, and busser. As they finished their breakfast, Charley turned to his wife and son and said, “Do you have anything important going on in the next few hours?” They didn’t.

So, with permission from the manager, Charley and Jan began washing dishes in the back of the restaurant while Jon started clearing the cluttered tables. According to Jon, what happened that day wasn’t really that unusual. His parents had always set an example of Jesus who “did not come to be served, but to serve” (Mark 10:45).

In John 13 we read about the last meal Christ shared with His disciples. That night, the Teacher taught them the principle of humble service by washing their dirty feet (vv. 14–15). If He was willing to do the lowly job of washing a dozen men’s feet, they too should joyfully serve others.

Every avenue of service we encounter may look different, but one thing’s the same: there’s great joy in serving. The purpose behind acts of service isn’t to bring praise to the ones performing them, but to lovingly serve others while directing all praise to our humble, self-sacrificing God.

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread.

Our reading titled, Washing Feet and Dishes, was written by Cindy Hess Casper. On Charlie and Jan's 50th wedding anniversary, they shared breakfast at a café with their son John. That day, the restaurant was understaffed with just a manager, cook, and one teenage girl who was working as hostess, waitress, and busser. As they finished their breakfast, Charlie turned to his wife and son and said, Do you have anything important going on in the next few hours?

They didn't. So, with permission from the manager, Charlie and Jan began washing dishes in the back of the restaurant while John started clearing the cluttered tables. According to John, what happened that day wasn't really that unusual. His parents had always set an example of Jesus who did not come to be served, but to serve.

In John 13, we read about the last meal Christ shared with his disciples. That night, the teacher taught them the principle of humble service by washing their dirty feet. If he was willing to do the lowly job of washing a dozen men's feet, they too should joyfully serve others. Every avenue of service we encounter may look different, but one thing's the same.

There's great joy in serving. The purpose behind acts of service isn't to bring praise to the ones performing them, but to lovingly serve others while directing all praise to our humble, self-sacrificing God. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from John chapter 13, verses 6 through 17. He came to Simon Peter who said to him, Lord, are you going to wash my feet? Jesus replied, You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand. No, said Peter, you shall never wash my feet. Jesus answered, Unless I wash you, you have no part with me. Then Lord, Simon Peter replied, Not just my feet, but my hands and my head as well. Jesus answered, Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet. Their whole body is clean, and you are clean, though not every one of you. For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not everyone was clean. 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. Let's pray. Jesus, we thank you for the way you so selflessly served us in your life and sacrificial death. Please help us to be such servants to others as an expression of our gratitude to you. We thank you, Lord. It's in your name we pray. Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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