In the opening verses of John 13, Jesus washes the feet of His disciples. When he comes to Peter, Peter declares, “You shall never wash my feet!” (v. 8). Jesus responds swiftly by telling Peter that if he does not allow the Savior to wash his feet, then he has no part with Jesus.
Peter, being the impetuous guy that he was, flipped his previous statement, saying, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!” (v. 9). He wanted to be sure that he was all in with Jesus. In doing this, our Lord was teaching a valuable lesson. “the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).
If Jesus, who had been equal with God in Heaven, came to earth to be a servant, and He is our Master; then what should we be doing? We must also have the mind and heart of a servant, and rather than trying to gain power or prestige, we should be looking for opportunities to serve.
At the same time, we must also recognize our own need for the service that the Savior came to give. We cannot get to Heaven on our own. Until we swallow our pride and accept what Jesus has to offer, then we have no part with Him.
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