I Have Given You An Example
John 13:15 for I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you
Have you ever heard or used the expression 'imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?' We should be aware that admiration oftentimes lends itself to imitation, which can have a very positive or negative effect in our lives.
When we read about the life of Jesus there are many wonderful examples given to us to follow. We have vivid examples of compassion, love, mercy, and grace. Apart from His wonderful character, we see the way Jesus ministered faithfully, sacrificially, and perfectly. Of course the list could go on and on as we admire the life of the Lord Jesus, and yet, what if there were just one example to follow or one command to remember for today, which one would we think of?
It is of no small significance that the only time mentioned that the Lord stooped down to wash His disciples feet is within the final days of His earthly life. If you had less than 72 hours to live, what would you try to accomplish? Would there be some unfinished business that would need taken care of? Are there people in your life that you would want to see? What would occupy your time? As the clock ticked down on the Lord’s earthly ministry, He chose this specific moment to stoop down as a humble servant and began to wash His disciple’s feet.
It is of great significance as well that this is the only time ever recorded where He specifically let His disciples know that this act was given to be an example to follow: He says to them “I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you” (Jn 13:15). There is so much we can admire from His life, but this specific example of serving others is one that would never leave the minds of the disciples as the greatest among them. He took the lowliest place.
“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” (Jn.13:13-14).
Dear believer, as we move forward in 2016 let us reflect on the importance of serving others. There is a great need in our local churches and among the people of God to actively seek a life of serving others: humbly meeting the needs of one another. This example of humility and selflessness characterized in the Lord stooping to serve His disciples is one that should touch our hearts today.
As this week progresses, make it a priority to serve a fellow believer that others might be refreshed, encouraged, or built-up from our lives as servants.
Kyle Wilson is commended with his wife to full time service in Nicaragua, from the assembly that meets in Carleton Gospel Hall, Vancouver. He is in fellowship in the assembly in El Valle, and has two young children.