The challenge of John 13

Every time I walk through John 13 I am challenged with my own pride and it is revealed that I am dealing with fresh issues of pride every time!

So what it comes down to is this:

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)

Jesus had picked up the basin and the towel to serve them because no one else had extended that hospitality. We know from Luke’s story of the Last Supper that the disciples were too busy arguing about who was the greatest in the Kingdom to do something so menial.

The call is to serve.

The call is to serve those who are intending us harm. It always strikes me that Jesus washed the feet of Judas.

I am more challenged in this time more than ever. It is not to say we haven’t had divisive times in the past. Goodness! But in MY lifetime, this time period is the toughest.

To serve those I politically can’t stand. To love and extend hospitality to those who love conspiracy theories is a challenge.

And Jesus washed the feet of Judas.

We aren’t asked to roll over on our opinions. We are asked to serve and to love.

And this is my most challenging time.

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