Posted By Amazing Moments Staff on April 17, 2015
By Michael Young
John 13:3-17(ESV) 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4 rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” 8 Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
Thoughts and Reflections
In a time when many people are struggling and almost no one understands why, what can we do to make sure we do not perish? The key to managing our own problems so we can do God’s work is not focusing on them. When we focus on Christ we are focusing on the solution. Learning to place our problems at God’s feet through prayer, and allowing Him to move through us as we give away what Christ has freely given us keeps us from being distracted from our true purpose. This lesson for most all human beings is in fact one of the hardest to learn because it has to be put to action in order for us to succeed in the will of God.
I have realized that trying to fix myself will never work. I will always feel weighed down by problems and always be trying to find a way to fix them. The key to success has always been, and will always be, adopting the characteristics that Christ carried his whole life. The point of accepting Christ is being willing to die to oneself. Unless we are determined to kill our flesh we will never reach our true potential in Christ.
There may come a time when you don’t feel like you are moving forward the way you should be. I have come to understand, when we believe we have reached a place where we feel stuck we must begin to look outside of ourselves and give away what Christ has given us. When we do this God heals us through His Holy Spirit. Praise Jesus for His greatness, and may the love of God be with you always.
The next lesson will be April 24th, 2015
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