John 13:12 What He Has Done For You

When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. John 13:12

Understanding what other people are doing is something that does not commonly occur. Among people, misunderstanding happens more often than understanding.

All a person can see is the outward action, but are unable to see the true motive for the action. The actions are often misconstrued for the wrong reasons. Many will even take offense to actions done with the right heart or purpose.

While sitting and eating His last meal with the disciples, Jesus began to wash their feet. As He finished washing their feet, He asked them if they understood what He did for them.

During the biblical times people wore sandals and walked everywhere. Their feet would get extremely dirty. When they went into someone’s place, they would often be given some water to wash their feet. Each person would wash his own feet.

Instead of allowing the disciples to wash their own feet, Jesus washed their feet Himself. Not only had Jesus washed their feet, He also later paid for their sins, forgave them of their sins, did many healings, and gave each one life.

All these things were done for them and as an example to them. Believers are to put others before themselves. They are to humble themselves and serve others as they serve God, just as Jesus continues to serve.

This serving can come in washing feet, forgiving, giving a helping hand, teaching and many other ways. It is about loving the neighbor and the enemy as God loves them.

It will be a struggle for any believer to do any of these things, until he comes to a good understanding of what Jesus has done for him.

In the same way Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, He also has washed you clean of your sins. This was done in humility when He was dying upon the cross, cursed of His Father in heaven.

You are expected to be just like Jesus, humbling yourself to serve others as you serve God. Doing things for others is the same as doing it for God, but it takes putting others before yourself.

It takes understanding what He has done for you to do it for others.

Do you understand what He has done for you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will understand what Jesus as done for you; that you will humble yourself to serve others as Jesus has served you; that you will know God’s love for you; and that you will have God’s love for others.

Matthew 25:46 What Is Your Destiny?

Heaven And Hell

“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” Matthew 25:46

Jesus gave a parable about people being told that they served or did not serve Him when they were at the end of their life. Some were told they served Him, but did not realize it, while others did not serve Him and thought that they did. Those who had served Him by serving others, were allowed into heaven with eternal life. Those who had not served Him by serving others were condemned to hell in eternal punishment.

Helping people out is something that reaches beyond a single person. As one person is being helped, it can actually help out many others. Helping a single parent out with his children, helps him out, the children out, his workplace out, and the community out.

In the process of serving and helping others, everyone benefits. There are many people who reach out and help serve others out, while there are many who only help themselves out.

Believers are expected to help serve others. It falls under the commands given to love God and to love everyone. As a person serves another person, it is showing love to God and service to God.

God has placed everyone on this earth to be together, working together to build each other up. No man is supposed to be a complete loner.

When a believer sees a need, and has the ability to meet that need, but does not do it, he is not serving Jesus. He is rejecting Jesus, even though his words may say otherwise.

The whole purpose of serving others, is not to look good, as some are doing. It is to serve Jesus. Serving others show the love a person has for God and for others. The two greatest commandments were to love God and to love others.

As you go through your days, God will bring people into your path who have many needs. For some of those needs you will have the ability to meet them. Are you going to meet those needs?

When Jesus returns, He will look at your life and find out if you have served Him by serving others. The question will be if you really love Him or not? If you served others, you do love Him and will gain eternal life.

If you did not serve others, you did not love Him and will get eternal punishment.

I pray today that you will love God with all of your heart; that you will love people as God loves you; that you will serve others as God gives you opportunity to do so; and that you will show God’s love to others.

Matthew 23:11 How To Be The Greatest

Helping Others

The greatest among you will be your servant. Matthew 23:11

Jesus was speaking against the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law. Even though they knew the Law very well, they did not practice it, nor did they show any love or care for the people. They focused on themselves and tried to show how great they were. Jesus then tells the people that the one who would be greatest would be their servant.

In order for people to be great, they are often expected to be the best at something. They are to stand above the average person to be considered the greatest. The greatest musician is the one who can play or sing the best out of everyone else. The greatest actress is the one who can perform the best.

God has a problem with that type of thinking, which is the way most of the world thinks like. The problem with that type of thinking is that it is self focused. Regardless of what a person is doing, whether good or bad, the focus is on self being the best and looking down on others. There is nothing in this way of thinking that is about lifting other people up or building them up. It is about building self up.

Jesus is considered by many to be the greatest teacher or prophet that ever lived. He did not live in a way at trying to be the best. He lived as a servant. Jesus had the goal of serving God, thus serving people.

A servant is the person who makes the boss or master look good. He is the one who brings the food or cleans up after the master. He puts others before himself.

People want to be served. They want to feel the comfort of being served what they need, when they need it.

As a believer, you are to be like Jesus, serving others. Showing love to others means you will lift them up and help them. It will not be about you in any way. There will always be room to serve others.

As you take care and serve others, God will take care of you. He will place others in your life to serve your needs.

At that point you will be the greatest among the people. People will see your love and care and realize you are living like Jesus.

I pray today that you will have God’s love for people in your heart; that you will serve people as Jesus served you; that you will work to build people up in Jesus; and that God will see you as the greatest servant.

Psalm 122:1 Excited To Go To Church

I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.” Psalm 122:1

Going to church is something that people have many different feelings about. Most of the world does not even believe in God at all, so they won’t even think about going to church. Some will go there for a wedding or funeral, but see no other purpose in going.

Among the believers there is also a variety of feelings. There are many believers who refuse to go to a church because of some bad incident that had occurred in some church years before that hurt them. Some feel that the church building is just a man-made thing that God does not want and so they choose not to go and support it.

Then there are many who do go to church, but do it out of obligation. They do not go because they really want to. Along side of these, there are those who go to get something from the church rather than to worship God and give to others.

The psalmist was rejoicing when asked to go to the house of the Lord. He saw it as a great thing to do, a place to meet God with others.

Church is a place where believers can get together to build each other up as they worship God. The house of the Lord is to be a place of worship and praise. It needs to be a place of excitement and life, people alive and excited to be serving a great and loving God.

Whether you go to church on Sunday, Wednesday or any other day of the week, there should be excitement in going. Do not just go out of obligation or to look good. Be excited that you can get together with others who believe in God and worship Him and build each other up.

You were created to serve and worship. Going to church gives you the opportunity to do both with others. You are not to serve and worship God alone.

Do you rejoice when it is time to go to church?

Or do you moan and groan, and go because you have to do it?

I pray today that you will find joy in going to church; that you will find joy in worshiping with other believers; that you will find ways to build others up in Jesus in a church; and that time at church will be alive in Christ for you.