Scripture for Today: John 13:4-5 “So He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around His waist.”
There is something about a towel over the arm that signals to others that one is there to serve! The crisp, clean, carefully folded towel can look classy and inviting. When I used to waitress in my college years, my towel for wiping tables was stained, wrinkled and hanging out of an apron pocket. Maybe my towel did not have the classy look pictured here, but it got the job done!
In our verse for today, a towel was used for a service that is considered demeaning; washing feet. This ritual was an expected part of hospitality in a time when people wore sandals on dusty roads. It was normally done by servants but in this passage, Christ takes on the role for His disciples.
Service is often not glamorous. It can be dirty and stinky and even misunderstood. Christ was able to take on such a service because He loved these men. He knew He would soon be leaving them and love motivated Him. He had nothing to prove. This demeaning service did not threaten His identity. He knew where He came from and where He was going (verse 3).
My service to others is so much easier when motivated by love for Him. It can be done without thought as to how I am viewed. I know where I came from and where I am going as well! Help me Lord, to get my mind off myself and serve those around me today! It is the best way to love You.