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 13:5
Imagine if you will a king of a mighty nation, or the president of the United States taking a basin full of water, a towel and walking into congress, as he goes one by one washing the feet of his "disciples". Don't hold your breathe on that one. But what a story that would be. The leader of our great nation, washing the feet of the other leaders below him, or better yet washing the feet of some of you. Our world has become corrupted by power and it goes all the way back to the days of Jesus. Our role models these days are sports figures, actors/actresses, singers, etc… Our world says that we should look up to these people, rolling out red carpets, giving them a golden star on the street… but what, if anything have they done for you, besides giving you something to watch on TV? Nothing is my guess. If we really want change in this land and in this world, our role model must be Jesus. Like Jesus, we must be willing to serve, even if it means serving the people the world thinks should be serving us.
In reading my devotional this morning, one thing, above all the rest, stood out to me. It was a story about a father and son. It talked about a late pastor reflecting on his father and the impression he left on him. The young man received word while at school, that his father had be hurt on the job. While the young man was running down the street to try and get to his father, a man in a truck passing by said' "no need to run son, his is already gone". The day after the funeral, the young man and his brother went to the mill where their dad worked to get his belongings. While cleaning out his locker, the first thing the young man notice was his dads shoes. An old pair of shoes with the toes curled up. He turned them over and saw the soles… there were two great holes, one in each. On the day that his father had died, his bare feet were touching the cement even though the tops were covered. He quickly reflected on how just two weeks prior, his dad had bought him a new pair of shoes… The young man said later, he would have given anything for his father to have those good pair of shoes on his feet.
The point of that story is that the father loved his son so much, that he wanted his son to have what he needed before himself. A true role model lays down his own needs for others, they don't need others to build them up, they just serve out of love…. Who will you serve today? No matter how powerful a role you have in this world, Jesus still set them example… you are never to good to serve!