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‘They had been arguing about which one of them was the greatest.’ 
Mark 9:34 CEV

When Jesus asked His disciples, ‘“What were you arguing about along the way?” They had been arguing about which one of them was the greatest, and so they did not answer… He said, “If you want the place of honour, you must…serve others!”’ (Mark 9:33–35 CEV) If, after living with Jesus day and night for three years, His own disciples struggled with the concept of humility, none of us is exempt. Then Jesus taught them a lesson they’d never forget. ‘Jesus knew… He had come from God and would go back to God. He also knew that the Father had given Him complete power. So, during the meal Jesus got up, removed His outer garment, and wrapped a towel around His waist. He put some water into a large bowl. Then He began washing His disciples’ feet and drying them with the towel He was wearing.’ (John 13:3–5 CEV) Then He blew their minds by saying, ‘If your Lord and teacher has washed your feet, you should do the same for each other. I have set the example, and you should do for each other exactly what I have done for you.’ (John 13:14–15 CEV)

Chuck Swindoll writes: ‘Bending the knee to help others, or to admit weakness, is considered making yourself vulnerable to those who might take advantage of you. Too many leaders view themselves as being there to be served, except for short periods when it’s advantageous to be seen serving others―but not for too long… Not so for the followers of Christ. For them humility isn’t a religious concept, it’s a way of life.’ So today practise humility!

SoulFood: Jer 31:31–37, Heb 8:1–13

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2024

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