John 13:3-6 - knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God, got up from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself. Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. NASU
John 13:6-7 - So He came to Simon Peter. He said to Him, "Lord, do You wash my feet?" Jesus answered and said to him, "What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter." NASU
1 Peter 5:5 - "You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another,…" NASU
If you would ask Peter where he learned about being clothed with humility, I think he would say in the upper room on the night when Jesus took a towel and girded Himself and washed the disciple's feet.
When Jesus washes the feet of the disciples the lesson He was teaching was about "Humility".
We don't have to wash a person's feet to show humility. There are many times in our life when we can show humility. How do you accept a promotion or a victory? How do you accept a defeat or a demotion?
We can display "humility" in life without washing a person's feet as we should be doing.
There is a very old saying that has been repeated many times by parents and coaches:
"Win with Humility, Lose with Grace, and do Both with Dignity."
I have to admit I saw this saying with a slightly altered ending that made me smile:
"Win with Humility, Lose with Grace, but Don't Lose."
If only it were that easy in life to not lose.
Seriously, I would have to admit some of my greatest lessons I have learned have come by what I would classify as losses.
The second lesson is one I have found very valuable and that is we don't always understand what is going on around us at first.
Don't jump to conclusions.
Give the situation some time.
Jesus was washing the disciple's feet and Jesus tells Peter you don't understand what I am doing right now but you will. Give it some time and you will see what I am doing.
Who can relate to that message?
I know I sure can. There have been so many times in my life where God did the exact opposite of what I wanted and had prayed for.
God has shown me time and time again if I am His servant then I will trust Him and accept that when my prayer is answered with a "No" it is my best interests God has in mind.
He has a better plan for you and me and that we can be sure of.
Think About These:
Stay Humble or Stumble.
The best way to be right or wrong is humbly.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
Gary A Serago.