Imagine for a moment what the world would be like if everyone who calls themselves a Christian would really love others the way Jesus does.
There would be no gossip, no judgment or criticism, no exclusive attitudes that make others feel rejected, and people’s needs would be met much more than they are.
While that picture might seem far from the way things really are, Jesus gave us very real, practical examples of how we can love the way God loves us.And when we know and experience God’s love for ourselves, we can’t help but share it with others.
John 13:1 says Jesus loved them to the last and to the highest degree (AMPC). And in the verses that follow the scripture, He demonstrates what it means to love others in that way.
In those days, there were servants who washed people’s feet when they came to visit. It’s likely they were considered the lowliest servants in the household. Now Jesus, the Son of God Himself, got up from the supper, took the servant’s towel, and proceeded to wash the disciples’ feet. His message to them was to love one another by being a servant. Because God wants his love to flow through us and touch other people’s lives.
I want to encourage you to read John 13 and pay close attention to what Jesus did and what he said. Spend some time studying scriptures about God’s love and pray for Him to show you ways you can serve the people in your life. See how many creative ways God puts in your heart to “wash feet.” You’ll probably find it’s easier than you thought it would be to help make someone’s life better.
God wants us to have success and enjoy our lives. But He wants us to die to self, get over being the center of our world, and begin to focus on looking for someone who needs our help every day.
When you do this, you’ll discover you’re actually more satisfied, content, peaceful, and happy than you’ve ever been in your life!