Everyone desires to be admired. To this end, many people go to great lengths to achieve this life ambition. But what they fail to understand is that rather than just any personal effort, it takes sacrifice and selflessness to become a role model.
The Lord Jesus Christ is our perfect Example, a model in all things. On the eve of His crucifixion, He decided to pass a vital practical message to His disciples, to convey His love. So, after supper, He tied a towel around His waist, filled a bowl with water and began to wash and dry the feet of His disciples.
In Jewish tradition, only household servants and slaves washed the feet of guests that come to their maters’ houses. Everyone of the disciples submitted to this puzzling act by the Lord, including Peter who initially resisted having his feet washed.
Christ hinted that one of His disciples would soon betray Him. Later Jesus explained that although He was their Lord and Master, He expected them to wash each other’s feet. They should follow His example and do as He had done.
“Ye call me Master and Lord, and ye say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another’s feet” (John 13:13,14).
The true test of a Christian is not in mere profession of faith, but in the way we live, the example we show to others.
Whatever our station in life, we must be willing to serve God and our fellow men in any way that will show that we have been touched by the grace of God.
We must make our lives an open book that must show others what true love in Christ really means. The greatest act of loyalty we can show to the Lord, Jesus Christ is to follow His examples and live as models that will attract others to Him. We must live to let others see Jesus in everything we do.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Your life is an open book; let others read about Christ from it.
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