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Reflection: Loving Others Through Service

12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? 

13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 

14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. 

15 For I have given you an example , that ye should do as I have done to you. 

16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. 

17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. 

— John 13:12-17 KJV

In this scripture, Jesus Christ is saying in both word and deed that no man is above another. If, the Son is willing to wash the feet of the man who betrayed Him (Judas Iscariot), “we” are under an obligation to serve our fellow beings.

Are we to go out and literally wash each others’ feet? No. But we are meant to help them. We should use our talents, abilities, and time to humble ourselves for another person.

So who is under this obligation? Everyone. If you are a follower of Christ, you must follow His example.

Do you need to meet some sort of criteria to do this? Nope. Children can write thank you cards, teenagers can perform community service, food can be donated, time can be given up.

As we provide service to our brothers and sisters, we are serving God. We grow by seeing others from a new perspective and from giving a part of ourselves to them.