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The Servant King

  • So when he had washed their feet, put his outer garment back on, and sat down again, he said to them, 'Do you know what I have done to you? You call me, 'Teacher' and 'Lord.' You say so correctly, for so I am.If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.' John 13:12 WEB

    When you were invited to dine at someone's house during the time that Jesus lived on the Earth, you typically bathed before going. But on your way to their home, your feet would become dirty from traveling the dusty roads.

    It was customary when you arrived for a servant to wash your feet and freshen you up before the meal. They didn't even ask Jewish servants to perform this lowly service. It was reserved for gentile servants or slaves.

    When Jesus and the disciples came into the upper room for the last supper that evening, the servant was missing. All the Apostles knew what should be done, but none of them offered to do it because they had just been arguing over which of them was the greatest (Luke 22:24). They seemed to be thinking, "I am not about to wash their feet. They can wash mine."

    Then Jesus knelt before each of them and washed their feet just as a gentile slave would have when they should have been scrambling to clean His. Other than Peter's outburst, it appears that the entire foot-washing happened in embarrassed silence. Then Jesus asked them, "Do you know what I have done to you?" and He got more silence.

    Jesus told them: "You call Me Teacher and Lord, and rightly so." His humble act of serving them had not diminished His greatness. He was still Lord, just different from what they expected. Jesus demonstrated that the greatest among them needed to be ready to perform humble service for the least when necessary. "The greatest among you will be your servant."

    Humility does not diminish who you are. It perfects it. I can tell of so many times where God gave me a choice between humbly serving or arrogantly ignoring. The times when I chose to humbly serve, I was soon promoted somehow in my life. The month before the Lord pushed me into becoming a pastor, I scrubbed all the toilets in our church because the servant was missing that day.

    "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time" (1 Peter 5:5'6).

    When a humble opportunity to serve appears, and the servant is missing, lay aside your garment of pride and become the servant. Do it with joy and energy as if you were working directly for the Lord, for the greatest among you will be your servant. This is also the fastest path to promotion.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus as an example for us and let me grow more and more like Him. Please help me recognize divine opportunities that arise in my life, and make the right choice. Let me be Your servant, in the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Sheri Buckner
Sheri Buckner

Thank you for this reminder that Jesus, the greatest man to ever walk this earth, was also the most humble servant to ever walk this earth!!!

Sep 19
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. I am your servant Lord. Lead me and I will follow. Amen

Sep 19
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Sep 19
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Sep 19
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father, please show me how to be a good servant and lead me down the right path.

Sep 19
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Please God help me to be kind always even when I'm at the end of my rope. Thank u for your blessings praise God Amen 

Sep 19
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Patty Wooley
Patty Wooley

You bring bible stories to life. Real life. The students were averse to humility and the teacher gave them the deference He deserved.

Sep 19
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Sep 19
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Please forgive any forms of arrogance in my attitude, walk and talk in my daily life, in Jesus's name I pray, amen. 

Sep 19
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen! Yes Lord use me for I am your humble willing servant, show me where and whom you want me to serve. I love this pastor Dion, Humility does not deminish who you are, It perfects it! Such truth, thank you for another very timely devotional.

Sep 19
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father make me humble as You  were with Your disciples, teach me and lead me through the path You want me to walk and let me be Your servant. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Show me the way Lord. 

Appreciate this wonderful reminder Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia .

Sep 19
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

In Jesus' name I pray, Amen!

Sep 19
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Perfect timing on this motivational message, Pastor Dion! Please help me recognize divine opportunities that arise in my life, and make the right choice. In Jesus' name, Amen

Sep 19
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Sep 21