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07/02/2022 03:00 - 08/02/2022 02:00

"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love" - Ephesians 4:2 (NIV). 

When Jesus's disciples met and sat down for the last supper they all felt important each in his own right. They had all occupations, like one who was a physician as another was a tax official, before dropping them to follow Jesus. They also had other responsibilities, such as looking after their families.

Seating positions at a table often are a power structure and in this case Jesus would be seated in the middle, signifying the headship. Content in their seats, happily enjoying the evening meal, suddenly Jesus "got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him " (John 13: 3-4).

This rather unexpected act startled all and Peter the loudest tried to protest but in vain. "No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me" (vv 8-9)

After he was done, he explained to all, "You call me ‘Teacher' and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you" (vv 13- 14).

All Jesus was trying to impress on his disciples that for them to be successful as his disciples they needed to practice humility. Because feet are normally the dirtiest low part of our body he drove the point home by stopping low to cleanse that dirt. Touched, and impacted, these men would later go out on a mission of servanthood, each in his own right.

Today, may we taking after this lesson, of stepping down to serve others, practice that humility. For "Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them" (vv 9).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as you taught your disciples to practice humility through a simple act of washing their feet, help me to learn from this and practice humility in my walk, this I pray in Jesus's name!

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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