Put Down the Sword and Pick up the Towel

“3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” John 13: 3 – 5

In a time when power meant everything and status was marked as something important, a man named Jesus changed the game one night, when he did the opposite to what people expected a respected leader to do.

This example is not just for leaders with a Christian faith; it is for anyone who calls himself or herself a follower of Jesus.

Jesus could have lead with a sword of rulership, barking orders, telling people to do this and do that, but instead he chose to pick up a towel to lead his followers.

What would it look like if we lived our life with a towel in our hand?
What would it look like if we embraced serving others as our life’s purpose, as Jesus did?

There are times for us to be strong and firm in love, however more often than not we are called to pick up a towel, bend down, grab hold of their feet and put warm water on them, wash them and then dry them. This is the role of a follower of Jesus from the example of Jesus.

For all followers of Jesus (servants), I wonder if you see your role in this way?
Have you been captured by this understanding, not just as knowledge, but have you allowed God’s Spirit to penetrate your heart with this truth?

Because I guarantee that when you do, serving others takes on a whole new meaning.

See you at the volunteers’ dinner this Sunday, 6th Dec, 6pm @ Liberty.

Blessings and peace,


Ps Neil Milton

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