Will You Do The Same?

When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. — John 13:12-14

So in yesterday's text, we discussed the remarkable resolve Jesus has to know all things about his disciples and still stoop to serve them by washing their feet. He knows everything they have done, and will do, and still stoops to serve them. And he does it genuinely, with love, not with anger, bitterness, and regret tucked away in his heart. He takes off his robe, grabs a basin, and washes each one's feet — including Judas's.

But now, in today's text, we discover that he demands they do the same. And this implies an application to us. That we are to do the same. Which is the rub of the text. Because let's be honest. It's hard to love some people in the church, isn't it? There are people in the church that we don't necessarily like or agree with sometimes. And yet Jesus tells us here that we must serve, especially when it's hard. That we need to serve the people in our church just like Jesus did. Jesus even selected someone who was going to betray him and still loved, served, and died for him. And in the previous text, John states that Jesus loved them all, including Judas, genuinely to the end (John 13:1).

Let me say this. There are so many people I know who have run from the church because they have been hurt by the church. And you know, I get it. People in the church do not always handle situations right. But that's how redeemed people act sometimes. They act sinfully. Their old sinful nature is exposed. And when they do, one way to admonish them is to serve them in love as Jesus did. Because even though leaving might be necessary if you haven't tried serving them first, then you've missed the opportunity to get in a last word that may have a future impact on their soul.

So church, go serve another believer in the body of Christ today. Do it from a motivation of pure love. Expect nothing in return. And if you really want to up the challenge, go serve someone in the church who has hurt you and leave a lasting memory of the God who stooped to serve.


  1. How can we overcome our personal struggles to genuinely serve and love those in our church community, even when it's difficult or we may not necessarily agree with them?
  2. In what ways can we actively demonstrate Christ-like love by serving others without expecting anything in return, particularly those who have hurt us or caused us pain within the church?

DO THIS: Serve someone in the church.

PRAY THIS: Dear Lord, help me serve others with a pure heart and love, even when it's difficult or they have hurt me, reflecting the humility and grace of Jesus. Amen.

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3 thoughts on “Will You Do The Same?

  1. gonzalo correa says:

    Amen brother Vince.

    We can overcome the personal struggles in our lives, with our love ones, and in the church is we really know our LORD JESUS and really know the power His Name has when we are living for Him. If someone is in doubt and only take partial truths and partial understanding of our Lord then we will only be partial in the areas where our Lord wants us to be in, be at work, and ministering.

    We all have been hurt in the church in one way or another and the fact that we are mindful of specific areas can be for a reason. Perhaps the Lord is asking us to step up to the plate and love, serve, and minister in such area…

    My church was lacking discipleship… I saw it, I hurt for those seeking and not finding, and I stepped up…

    Walked in to a elder board meeting and spoke what was in my heart with conviction! I basically told my leaders and pastor to men up… now we have a discipleship program in which I have a mentor and I have men I mentoring and being part of their lives.

    Being hurt and walking away is not always the answer (easiest, yes)… But Jesus said “Love others as I loved you” … we truly need to understand what this means and for crying out loud go DO IT!

  2. Chris says:

    I’ve reached out to several members different times and never herd back. I even had the Pastor not respond back to a couple of important things. I went to my mom’s new church which is old school with a choir, stained glass and hyms. It reminded me of my experiences growing up in church. That made me feel as if maybe my current church is had done their job and it’s time for me to find a new church? My current Pastor has powerful sermons from the bible but I really don’t like the rest of the service. Now my mom’s church brings back pleasant memorys so I’m kinda confused here.

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