“You are cordially invited to dine with the Queen of England tonight at Buckingham Palace with a select group of ladies!”
First, imagine the elation you would feel after receiving such an invite!
Later that evening:
There are many different excited voices flowing and conversations occurring around you at the table involving various subjects. You are thinking about how honored you are to be sitting there with the queen and observing those around you when the queen gets up from the table. She takes off her crown, sash, various jewels, gloves, and shoes. Every head turns toward her (after all this is the Queen and that is what you do when she moves) and all conversations stop. Some of her attendants bring basins of water and sit them before every lady and set to removing their shoes. “Please, remove your stockings if you are wearing any,” says her royal highness, the queen. Whispers begin to fill the room with chatter! An attendant brings an apron and ties it around her waist. Slowly, she makes her way to the first guest, lowers herself to her knees, places the lady’s feet in the basin, dips in a cloth and begins to wash her feet. There are gasps all around the room as a fragrance called love begins to flood the room.
This is exactly what happened at the last supper when the end of Jesus’ time on earth had come. He always stayed in preparation mode. The time had come to start tying up loose ends. Jesus humbled himself and performed the work of a slave or a servant.
“Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ dirty feet and dry them with his towel.” John 13:5 TPT
He knew the one who would betray him. He knew the one who would deny any type of relationship with him three times. He knew all of them would desert him at one point. The disciples wondered who would betray him. I imagine they sat there denying that it would be it could be true. I wonder if they argued about who was greater in Jesus’ eyes.
So if I’m your teacher and lord and have just washed your dirty feet, then you should follow the example that I’ve set for you and wash one another’s dirty feet. Now do for each other what I have just done for you.” John 13:14-15 TPT
Jesus, knew all of what was coming. He knew his detriment, but he also knew the kind of men the disciples would grow to be. He sacrificed himself for love. He saw them not as they were at that moment or who they had been. He saw them as who they would grow to be in him. Whoa! The love of God motivated him to be a selfless sacrifice. Our love for Christ motivates us to obey him with our whole hearts.
“Jesus explained, ‘I am the Way, I am the Truth, and I am the Life. No one comes next to the Father except through union with me. To know me is to know my Father too.’” John 14:6 TPT
“Loving me empowers you to obey my commands.” John 14:15
Do you see that? This is what happens when love empowers you! You are empowered to serve anyone who dines at your table! It will not matter what they have done or are doing to you that is wrong! You will see them through the eyes of Christ! You can live a life where you are a conqueror! You are empowered by love to be a disciple of the Word of God. You do not have to live a defeated life that is continuously struggling and grasping at straws.
This is especially true when it comes to sinning. He came as a personal example to us, so that we would see what it looks like to live in Christ and follow God’s Word. He came to teach us! What an honor!
What does it take to serve someone you know in your heart would betray you if given the chance? Most of the time you do not know that betrayal is coming. He knew it was coming and who was going to do it and still he served them. Love motivated him! Love should motivate us! When that person disappoints you. When that person tells lies on you. When that person steals from you. When that person chooses death instead of life. Love should motivate you to stay steady! Love should motivate you to act humbly. Love should motivate you to lay down your life. Love should motivate you to serve the ones who come to dine at your table that are filled with unseemly characteristics! I challenge you to ask yourselves:
Does anyone at my table need me? How can I be motivated by love to serve these people/this person?