Upside Down

Duane Vander Klok

So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

-John 13:12-17

When Jesus and the disciples had finished the last supper, Jesus brought out a water basin and towel and began to wash their feet. This was the job of a lowly servant, and the disciples protested when the King of Kings reached for their dirty feet. 

But Jesus calmed the disciple’s objections and began to teach them about servanthood. Just as He has served them, they are instructed to serve each other. Jesus put aside His title, leadership, and position to lower Himself in service to others. The world tells us that being served by others makes us great. But in many ways, God’s Kingdom is the opposite from our world. In Matthew 20:28, Jesus said, “…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Jesus also told us that the most important commandments were to love God and love others. We know that when you love God, you serve Him. So when you love people, you serve people. 

You may think, “I don’t know where to serve.” When you make the choice to start serving, God will get you where you need to be. Start somewhere and serve in the Kingdom of God!