Set Other Things Aside & Serve

John 13:3,4 "Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself."
When it came to serving others, Jesus went first. He "rose from supper...laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself...poured water into a basin...began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded...Peter said to Him, 'Lord, are You washing my feet?" (vv.4-6 NKJV) Try to imagine God incarnate with an apron on, kneeling to wash the feet of the who were unworthy. The Bible says, "Jesus///laid aside His garments."  If you want to serve others, you must be willing to lay aside your image, your comfort, and your agenda. By laying aside His garments, Jesus demonstrated that God has no time for form or fashion. Real ministry isn't image conscious, it's done with complete disregard for distinction. But Peter didn't get it! He was embarrassed to think Jesus would let Himself be seen in such a demeaning light. So, Jesus said: "You call Me Teacher and Lord...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 should do as I have done to you...If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them." (vv. 13-15,17 NKJV) There are certain things in your life that must be set aside in order to serve others and do the will of God. If you want to be blessed, don't join those who delight in their own speeches and who trumpet their own accomplishments. Set aside everything you privately glory in and pick up the towel of servanthood.  Don't wait for someone else to do it. You go first!
"The Word for You Today" Devotional submitted by Pastor Derrek Sims, Associate Pastor

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