In the Footsteps of the Savior

“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? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, 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 also should do just as I have done to you. 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’ ” (John 13:12-16).

During His last night on earth, Jesus spoke powerful words to His disciples that would carry them through their entire lives. But He also set a powerful example. Jesus identified Himself as one who serves (Luke 22:27). He then directed His disciples to do likewise. We should serve one another and others just as Jesus, our Master, did.

What was true then is true today: Most strive for a position where others will serve them. Well-known business people and celebrities have servants who look after matters for them. They drive them around, look after their children, and even provide protection. When they are out in public, people snap cameras and ask for autographs. But true greatness resides in different quarters.

Jesus spent His life going about doing good (Acts 10:38). We should follow His footsteps. How can we do that?

1. Be willing to serve without earthly reward.
Of course, serving brings us a deep joy that cannot match any joy the world can bring. But serving will not bring us earthly reward, nor will it make us popular. But what the world esteems, we should shun (Luke 16:15).

2. Look to the future, when God will reward your faithful service.
Paul reminded his Galatian readers to not grow tired from serving:

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).

In order to see the good in serving others, we must exercise faith and believe God’s promises. Here He promised to reward faithful service, and so He will! Keep following Jesus as He helped the poor, preached the gospel, and made His home with the needy of this world.

In the Bible, the term “walk” often describes our behavior and lifestyle. How should we walk? We will let the Bible speak:

“Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he [Jesus] walked” (1 John 2:6).

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