Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. – John 13:16-17 (NIV)
We all know that God said we would be persecuted for our faith, but sometimes we are persecuted for more than that.God allows us to be persecuted and done wrong in an effort to tone us down and put us in our place.
Why? Because some of us are too saved for our own good!We get to the point where we feel like we are better than everyone else just because we claim Christ. Anyone can claim Christ, but that does not mean Christ will claim them. The Bible explains that in Matthew 7:22-23.
Many of us do a lot of talking, but when it comes down to being an example of God’s love, we fall miserably short.
Think about the time Jesus washed the Disciples’ feet. In those times, the act of foot washing was the job of the lowest person in the house, the servant. Washing a person’s feet was dirty, smelly, and downright irritating – but somebody had to do it.
Imagine what Jesus was thinking as he was washing the Disciples’ feet. “Soon, I’ll have to do something much worse than this. Washing your feet is nothing!”
More than likely there were times when those servants were forced to bow down and wash the feet of someone they did not necessarily like. In fact, Jesus washed the feet of Judas Iscariot, the man He knew would betray Him. Not only that, but He died for Judas, as well as the men who tortured and disrespected His name.
Now, take a moment and think about what Jesus did for you when He picked you out of your point of misery and despair. The task was dirty, smelly, unsanitary, unsavory and complete and utter torture – but somebody had to do it, right?
Nevertheless, at the end of it all, Jesus did not ask you for anything else except for one thing in return:
…do as I have done for you. – John 13:15(NIV)
In a nutshell, He just wants you to do unto others as He did unto you. .It simply is the golden rule to prosperity.
As the Body of Christ, we need to get back to the point where we value one another, believers and nonbelievers, more than we do a church name, denomination or personal preference. We need to shine our light again and show the world we belong to God.That is the only way we can effectively attract people to Christianity and reject the spirit of religion.
We need a revival. A time of refreshing where we just come together in love and humility and get back to basics. So let’s wash each other’s feet. Let’s all get down and dirty with the unsavory, the dirty, the irritating. Let’s bow down in submission to our leaders, our friends, our enemies. Let’s do the things that nobody wants to do for the people that nobody wants to deal with.
Let’s be the examples God called us to be.