Saturday, May 6, 2023

John 13:17

Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

Scripture Insights

In the verses prior to today’s scripture, Jesus just finished doing something extraordinary—he washed his disciples’ feet, including Judas. The Son of God got down on his knees and washed their feet.

A few years ago, I had the privilege of officiating a foot-washing service, where I washed the feet of our church board and staff members. I don’t remember exactly what I said, but I will never forget the powerful presence of the holy as I splashed water and dried their feet. It was silent, but we could see the tears welling up in our eyes, and we could hear our muffled cries as we were truly blessed by doing.

We are called to follow the example of Jesus. Sometimes we get it wrong; other times, we are witnesses of God’s presence as we humbly serve one another. I want to encourage us to tie a towel around our waist, roll up our sleeves, and serve—even the Judases in our lives, those we think do not deserve it.

Jesus promises that, when we serve, we will be blessed.

Today’s Prayer

Lord, we thank you for your example. May we serve others with the same humble spirit. May we be Jesus to others, and may we see Jesus in others as we serve them.

Prayer Journal Reflections

Reflect on mobilizing all Nazarenes in the church in Canada and the United States.

—Isamel Flores
Lead Pastor, Rio Valley Church of the Nazarene

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