Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
John 13: 1-5; 12-17
It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel round his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped round him....
...When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. ‘Do you understand what I have done for you?’ he asked them. ‘You call me “Teacher” and “Lord”, and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
Today is traditionally known as Maundy Thursday in the Christian calendar. It is a time when we reflect on Jesus’ incredible example of servanthood as He stooped down and washed the disciples’ feet. The Lord of all creation humbled Himself to the most menial of duties, demonstrating His love, not just to those who reciprocated His affection, but even to Judas who would soon betray Him.
As we think this week about sharing our world, one of the most powerful ways of showing Jesus’ love to others is to follow His example of serving others. While this will most likely not involve washing their feet, it could be as simple as bringing in your neighbour’s bin each week or offering to babysit for a busy family. If we look for them, we will discover that there are many opportunities to serve people everywhere we go, each day of the week. Small acts of kindness can make a big difference. As someone once said, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
In Ephesians 5 Paul encourages us to make the most of every opportunity “because the days are evil.” In a society where people generally look after themselves and their own interests, real servanthood is so radically counter-cultural that it will provoke questions and increase openness in others to the good news of Jesus. It is also an act of simple obedience, as we follow Jesus’ admonition: “…you should do as I have done for you.” (v. 15)
Be attentive to opportunities to humbly serve other people wherever you find yourself today. Serving your world is a great way of sharing your world.