The Riverbank Lent 2011 Devotional Plan
“The Journey to the Cross”
Day 24: Reading – John 13:1-17
Focus: Verse 4 riseth from supper, and layeth aside his garments; and he took a towel, and girded himself. 5 Then he poureth water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded”
Examples. We live by examples. We are called to be examples. We grow as examples therefore we should enjoy being examples especially now in our age of relativism.
It is a risky proposition, it could be misconstrued, it might irritate, annoy, frustrate you especially if your intentions are misunderstood but nonetheless we must be examples. Examples are not perfect so don’t attempt the impossible; examples are simply servants under set instructions.
The Lord Jesus Christ lived as an example, a godly example for us. He left his splendor, glory, pomp, royalty, accolade to become a man (Phil 2) and upon arrival on earth, Jesus acted out his noble assignment. As a sent ambassador, he probably could have articulated service with his words or with a parable and that Jesus would have done very well. He however could have illustrated service with excellent ‘power point’ presentation actually more accurately Jesus could have used a sketch pad on the sandy terrains of Jerusalem, but He did not.
He became an example! He dressed, acted and performed the task of a servant. He wore the right clothes, poured water into a basin, knelt down and washed the disciples’ feet and wiped them off with a towel shortly thereafter. An example of humility, a picture is said to be worth a thousand words. Well, let the ‘1000 words’ speak loudly in your soul. What an example! Our Lord, Master, Savior on bent knees serving humanity. As he has done so must we.
I pray today as you wait upon the Lord you see his great example of service and that each one of us will become servants of the most high God by choice. Examples who speak with their actions and not their mouths. Be an example!