Today’s Scripture: Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.  If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. John 13:13-15

No task is too lowly for a servant of the King of Kings. Yet nothing frustrates our service more than pride. During the American Revolution, a man on horseback came upon a group of soldiers digging near the road. Their commander sat on his horse and watched them toil in the heat of the sun.

The stranger inquired of the commanding officer as to why he wasn’t helping his men. The soldier stiffly replied, “Don’t you know I’m a corporal?”

So the stranger dismounted and helped the men finish the project. He mounted his horse again and stated, “Corporal, the next time you see your men doing work and they can use some help, why don’t you call for the Commander-in-Chief, and I’ll come back and help you again.” The stranger was none other than General George Washington.

Jesus said, “The servant is not greater than his lord,” yet He washed His disciples’ feet. If anyone deserved to have his feet washed, it was Jesus. But in the crowded Upper Room, each of the 12 disciples asserted their selfish pride. It took a selfless act by the Lord of Glory to realign their attitudes. He led by example.

If Christ was willing to sacrifice Himself for us, ought not we be willing to sacrifice ourselves for His sake? This means when friends interrupt our busy schedules to express burdens on their hearts, we take the time to listen. It means rolling up our sleeves to help others with difficult tasks. It may call us to be the first to work and the last to leave. Don’t let pride paralyze your service for Christ. Serve Him without reservation today.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.