Serving Like Him - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Serving Like Him


September 29


Read John 13:14-17

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly, I tell you, no servant is greater than his Master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.



What did Jesus demonstrate by washing His disciples' feet?


I got tired of doing all the things the other day. I was tired of doing things for my kids that they could do themselves. My spouse had a busy week at work, and I had to pick up a lot of slack. I felt like I was doing more than my fair share at home. And I started grumbling about it. I am not a servant, after all. Or am I?


I felt convicted in my Bible studies as I read the greetings of several letters in the New Testament. Several of Paul's letters begin this way: "Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus." Peter, James, and Jude also refer to themselves in this way. Not to mention Old Testament saints who were often referred to as servants of God; Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, etc.


Being a servant is not something we find appealing. And yet, that is what we are called to be--servants of God. If we are servants of God, He is our Master. We obey Him and follow Him. We live to serve Him and do His will.


Jesus set this example of service for us by washing His disciples' feet. He is not asking us to do anything that He was not willing to do. In that day and location, people wore sandals and walked disgusting, dirt roads in the heat. When you entered someone's home, you were often met with a servant who would wash your feet. You can imagine that this was not a desirable job, so it was left to the lowest servants. And yet, Jesus humbly washed His disciples' feet, and He commanded that we do the same for each other.


How do I show others that I am a servant of the King? I serve them. And it starts in my home. In my workplace. In my neighborhood and community. I get to serve them with gratitude. That's the kind of servant God calls us to be.



Jesus, thank You for Your example of service. I want to be Your servant. I want to love others as You do. Help me to serve like You. Amen.


~ Pastor Nat Crawford


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Christ, thank you for Your example of service. Thank You for showing me how to humbly, lovingly, and gratefully serve others in obedience to God. I want to learn to serve, as You have shown me. Please, help me to follow You and obey God in service to my fellow man. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.
Lord Jesus, Your are the ultimate Servant-Leader. Please help me by the strength of the Holy Ghost, to become more and more like You.
We are praying with you for strength and peace for Melanie and for wisdom for the doctors.
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. When our faith is tested, we have a chance to grow. Let it grow. Hearing God's Word and doing good works go together. Help me to serve like You. Thanks, for your example
You pray about what people are doing, how they react to certain thing and other people.
I really love this teaching! I seem to recall discussing foot washing when I was in a youth group forty odd years ago. Hearing you explain it in a cultural context really helps with understanding the deeper meaning of the act. Oh, how I long to have the humility of Jesus!
I to want to serve with wgratitude and humbleness of heart ,l want the words of my mouth to bring the people that hear to Gloryfi God.
Amen ✝️🙏🇺🇸
Please pray for the upcoming elections. Pary for all of our politicans. Pray for our country.
🙏🙏🙏 Psalm 107:20. Amen
Pray for my daughter Melanie she is very sick and the doctors do not not what is wrong with her jet. Her bones are deteriorating and they are testing her for cancer,
Loving, kind, faithful, and righteous Lord, I want to thank You for setting an awesome example of how You would have us serve, as You did. Help me Lord to serve as I am supposed to do. Show others through me the proper way to serve You. Use me Lord as Your vessel and I will be the servant You called me to be. Thank You Lord for all You do, in Your name I pray Jesus, Amen.
I love this one!
I didn't look forward to taking care of my parents in their old age, In a way, I was a servant as well as daughter, but it turned out to be a great blessing. I have wonderful memories. I think a lot of it had to do with them. They thanked me many times. I would do it all over again. ❤️
I know it hard to serve others continually, but Jesus showed the disciples that they ought to serve others as he served them..
Amen🙏! Lord Jesus, I give you thanks for the wonderful example You've left for us to follow. Empower me to be a humble and obedient servant, not murmuring and complaining, as I serve and follow in what You've called me to do! Give me a servant's heart.
The more I serve the more humble I become. The more humble I become the more I serve. Thank you Jesus for humbling me. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
AMEN dear Jesus help me be a servant of yours today
Thank you pastor for the devotion I thank God for bringing us to life today
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
To serve others is truly loving them. Jesus loved his disciples and we by grace can love others. It is an impossible task without the power of the Holy Spirit to think of others more than ourselves. Jesus fill us today so we can love and serve like you. Amen
Thank you so very much for this reminder. I also loved the short prayer you shared.Thank you for your daily love.