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John 13 Part 1: Just Like Him

Updated: Jun 20

If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet

John 13:14

Everyone has an endgame. We are all pursuing something that we want in life. For some it's money, for others its power, fame, prestige, entertainment and the list goes on and on. It is different for each one of us, and yet the pursuit is the same. We think, we dream, we strive and we aim to reach our desired goal. For those who call themselves Christians, the endgame is to be like Christ. This should be the number one goal and the number one pursuit of every Christian.

The Bible states plainly that God purposely called us to Himself and tells us that the end result of this calling is to "conform us to the image of Christ." (Romans 8:29). To "conform" means to "be similar in form or type". This is God's endgame for us. The Bible also tells us again, Anyone who says he is a Christian should live as Christ did. (I John 2:6) That is being conformed to the image of Christ and comes when we spend time with Him. As we look at Him and focus our gaze on Him we will transformed into His image. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Jesus is Master and Lord. In the text above, He should have had each of the disciples wash His feet. But instead He took a towel of the lowest servant. Feet washing was considered a degrading job. It was given to the servant at the bottom of the totem pole. But Jesus took that very towel that was meant for the lowest servant and put it on Himself. Then he washed his disciples feet. He showed them who He really was. Not the King who came to conquer and smash His enemies. He showed them that He was the loving Lord who cared so much about them that he would even clean their dirty, grimy feet. He would serve.

That illustration was used to teach them who they were called to be--like Him. They were His disciples. Called to follow and copy what He did. We who call ourselves Christians are also His disciples. We cannot be one without the other. We are called to follow in His steps and serve others as He served, to love others as He loved, and to give ourselves for others as He gave Himself for us. We may not be called to die on a cross, but we can live to help others and show them who Jesus is by our words and by our actions. You might be the only Jesus they ever see. Be Just Like Him.

Blessings to you!

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