John 13:3-8 – Highs and Lows

John 13:3-8
Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;
He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?
Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.

-Pride would say that we should not have to condescend to the lowest forms of service, yet Jesus (who is the Highest) shows that no one is above any kind of service.  There is another form of pride at work in this instance however; the pride that disguises itself as humility.  Peter thought that his feet were no place for his Lord and Master and while that may make sense to the natural mind, who are we to question God? (Romans 9:20)  It takes the power of God both to be abased and to abound because our tendency will be to act high when God wants us low and act low when God wants us high.  The key is not to do anything to make yourself out to be high or low but rather to simply follow the Shepherd through the peaks and the valleys.

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