The Servant

Steve Macchia

READ : John 13:1-17

Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. (v. 1 NIV)

One of the final and most intimate moments Jesus spent with his disciples took place in the Upper Room during the last supper. It included his pouring water into a basin, washing, and drying their feet.

Peter was obviously not prepared for this. His sense of unworthiness held him back from receiving the humble service of the Master. Jesus responded to Peter’s objection by stating, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me”
(v. 8), and with that Peter asked to be cleansed from head to toe!

Receiving the service of others can be hard for those generally accustomed to giving – moms and dads, ministers and missionaries, just to name a few. For the disciples, they had witnessed a constant flow of service from Christ. With their feet held graciously in his hands, he called them to do likewise for others.

How willing are you to serve as a living example of Christ? Whose feet (literally or figuratively) need to be held in your hands, washed, and wiped clean by the power of love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness? Serve in his name and watch the transformation of heart that will follow.


Lord, I desire to follow your example – lead me to the one you call me to serve today.