12 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? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
John 13:12-17 ESV
We often ask, “why me?!” or “why is this happening to me?” when facing problems and difficulties in life. But how many will we ask the questions –
“why me?”, “why the blessings?” when good things happen?
“Do you understand what I have done to you?”John 13:12
This was the question Jesus asked the disciples after he washed their feet. It was quite a surprise for the disciple that their Lord would wash their feet. They did not expect the Lord to serve them, and at the same time, they felt undeserving. Hence Peter’s reaction to Jesus – “You shall never wash my feet”. God is good, and He loves to shower us with His grace and blessing even when we feel undeserving sometimes. How often do we only gladly accept His grace and go on with our own happy life? And how rare would we ask the Lord, “why me?” “why did you give me these blessings?” And “what should I do with your blessings?”
This reminds me of Brother Ming’s message – “Blessings from God are not only for us to have a better life on earth.” Undoubtedly, it is easier to choose that path. Who does not want a comfortable and happy life? But after the disciples’ feet were cleaned, Jesus’ message to them was not that “you are now all cleaned, you may go to bed and rest.” Instead, He said to them –
If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.John 13:14-15
They had work to do! They are to love each other and serve each other as Jesus had done to them. He loves us, and He would love us to the end. Because of this love, He would humble Himself to serve us and set a great example for us to follow – how He served, we should do, and serve with the eternal love we received from Him. His goodness and blessing are given to us so we can be a blessing to others, serve, and bring forth God’s kingdom. And when we do that, we shall receive the ultimate blessing. (John 13:17)
Do you understand what the Lord has done to you? Take a moment today to think about and appreciate some things the Lord has done to you, and ask Him to reveal the purpose of His goodness.
Dear Lord, I am unworthy and undeserving, but You still chose to pour out your grace and goodness onto me. Help me not only to be the happy receiver of your grace but to be a humble and joyful giver, just as you have done to me. Help me to understand what you have done to me, and reveal to me the purpose of your blessings.