May 26
‘Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.’ John 13:14
Bible reading: Mark 10:35-45 (Go to the Bible reading)
The sons of Zebedee loved Jesus so much that they would like to sit one on His right hand and the other on His left in His glory. And if their love for Jesus was not the prime reason for this, then at least it was because they believed in His glory and wanted to be part of it.
But Jesus said to them: ‘You don’t know what you are asking.’ For, whoever wants to share in His glory, must also share in His suffering, as Paul tells us from first-hand experience (Romans 8:17).
And even if we love Jesus so much that we are willing to follow in His steps - that He has left here on earth on His road to Golgotha (1 Peter 2:21) - even then, we will not be hailed as heroes. For when we have drunk from the cup of suffering that Christ has drunk here on earth, we will grow to understand what He has done for us.
But then we cannot bear it anymore that we ourselves might be the focus of attention in whatever manner, for then we only long that the Saviour, Who has gone such a deep way for us, will receive the full honour and glory that He is entitled to. Then the true joy of serving is born. Then every desire to assert ourselves disappears, for in God’s Light, nothing about our personal lives is worth being vindicated.
In the footsteps of our Master a deep and true joy will be born to dedicate our lives wholly to our neighbours, so that they too will share in the grace we have received!

 

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