The Pastor said something very interesting Sunday; the sermon was about John 13, where Jesus wrapped a towel around His waist and proceeded to wash the disciples feet even amidst their protests demonstrating what sort of servants we are to be. I know that Jesus isn’t necessarily asking us to wash feet, but He is telling us we are to have a heart of service to others. Pastor said,” there are only two kinds of service, self service and self-less service and there is no in-between.” I found this to be very profound.
I have never had my feet washed , but I am reminded of the humility of getting your feet washed as I remember when I was a young girl, my grandma had type 1 diabetes, and I would regularly wash her feet and trim her nails as she said I was the only one who would do this without hurting her. Although she enjoyed my doing this for her, she would sometimes make statements like: “Oh I'm so sorry you have to do this for me, I hate asking this of you.” But I didn’t mind it because I loved her very much and knew she needed to care for her feet properly.
As the pastor spoke, my eyes wandered over to verse 17 15For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
16Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
17If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. , isn’t this what everybody wants; to be happy? I realized that in order to be happy serving others, we must love the person whom we are serving, and see them as God does. If we don't, then we will feel only dread or perhaps resentment when we serve others. God doesn't want us to feel obligated, but honored to serve.
Not long ago I did a post entitled: Are you seeking holiness? I guess you could say this post is part 2 of that one, because I have come to realize that the happiness Jesus is promising to us in verse 17 comes from a heart full of a holy love for those whom God sends us to serve. Lord help us to say: I am happy to be His child and your servant!