January 09: Take the Towel
"Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded." John 13:3-5
When I graduated from Seminary I received two things: one was my diploma, the second was a towel with this scripture reference embroidered on it. I was going into ministry not to be served but to serve like Jesus. There is no version of Christianity that does not come with a cost. One man said, “Ministry that cost nothing accomplishes nothing.” Jesus is Lord of heaven and Earth and was willing to wash the feet of his followers, including the feet of Judas who was about to betray Him.
God is looking for people who will humble themselves and take a towel to serve Him by serving others. The truth is the work that you do for God may go unnoticed here on earth. Your name may never be known. You may not receive an award or applause. But God will see, take record, and say, “Well done, you are a good and faithful servant.” That will be enough of a reward.
We must be willing to pay the cost of service if we want to truly follow and be like Jesus.
Matthew 19 - 20