Scripture for Today: John 13:3-4a “Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under His power, and that He had come from God and was returning to God; so…”
The term, “shoe dog,” brings to mind what is pictured here. There is something about that soft leather and trailing shoelace that invites dogs to be naughty and chew. But in fact, “shoe dog,” refers to a shoe salesman. In hearing about the history of the Nordstrom department stores, I learned that each of the three sons had to be a shoe dog as part of their training before their father allowed them to rise in the ranks. The idea was to teach them humility and service.
In today’s verse, Jesus is preparing to get down on His knees and wash His disciples’ feet. This was a service normally done by servants. It was considered a demeaning task but a necessary one that was expected from the host. Christ knew He would soon be leaving His disciples and did this out of His love for them. This service did not threaten His identity and He was unconcerned about how it may make Him look. He knew who He was, where He came from and where He was going.
Service is often not glamorous. It can be dirty and stinky and even misunderstood. But motivated by love for Him and love for others, I can disregard how it may make me look to others. My service to others can be done without thought as to how I am viewed. I know where I came from and where I am going as well! And serving others is the best way I know to love Him!
Help me Lord, to get my mind off myself and serve those around me today!