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Our Ultimate Example!

Today we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Day. We recognize and honor his self-less contributions to the fight of freedom for black and brown people in America. His civil rights efforts, marches, arrests, preaching and messages of hope rang loudly across the land. He was truly an inspiration and an example of servanthood; whose life was taken by those who opposed the social, civil and economic betterment of our people. As I think of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's example, I can't help but meditate on our ultimate example and Savior, Jesus Christ, who willingly laid down His life that we may live eternally with Him and be redeemed from all sin and freed from all bondage of wickedness.

John chapter 13 recounts Jesus's last moments with his disciples. Of all the things He could have done as His final act of servitude, He chose to wash their feet. John 13:13- 17 says...

"Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, the servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them".

Christ is saying that if we profess that He is our Master and our Lord, then He expects us to follow His example. He is demonstrating what a life of a servanthood looks like. Though He himself is dealing with the fact that He would soon be betrayed and tortured for our sakes, He still finds the composure and strength to minister to and serve others. In the humblest of ways, he not only washed their feet, but He dried them with the towel that covered him. Christ is OUR ULTIMATE EXAMPLE of how to love and to serve; and this final act proves that there is no level of vulnerability He would not explore, just to serve God's people. Are you willing to do the same?

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