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Living abundantly

John 13:4-5,12-15 – Towel Up

Here is the revelation that is shaping my life today- it is difficult not to be seduced by the culture around me. It’s hard to towel up when the world wants me to demand to be served.

John 13:4-5,12-15 NIV

[4] so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. [5] After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. [12] 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. [13] “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. [14] Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. [15] I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.


The Lord and teacher who washes feet. This is the way of God, and it turns the world on its head. People of importance look to be served not to be the servant. They display their importance in the level of service they receive and demand. But in the Kingdom of God, you are free from this masquerade, free to not put your position on display, for everyone serves the other. The teachers and Lords get the freedom and pleasure to serve, as do all.


When you lose the beauty of sacrifice, when you lose the joy of serving others, you have elevated yourself beyond what you were created for and the abundant life of Gods design. You have been seduced by the ways of the world and you make demands on others, rather than towel up and wash their feet. The world wants me to sit in judgement of others, to judge their importance and value on criteria’s it has set, and then from my seat of judgement cast their worth and treat them accordingly. Whereas God sets me free from this horrific seat. He knows I have terribly impaired vision when it comes to judgement, for I cannot see the worth and value of a person when I sit in that chair. In the Kingdom we are all equal, none is greater than the other. We are all children of God made in His image and likeness. Our value is internal set at conception. So when I live from a posture of service, and I live free from the seat of judgement, I am now free to with great pleasure put on my towel.



I am so deceived by the culture and ways of the world. I see how easily I take to the seat of judgement and demand to be served. Yet when I towel up and love others without judgement I feel the release of life and the beauty of life surge through me. I will continue to bring my brokenness to be realigned. I will look for the towel and wash without judgement. I will follow Jesus example.



Thank you for your freedom. You are continually calling me into the awe and wonder of a life lived your way. Thank you that you posture yourself to serve me, my Lord and God serves me! Thank you that you call me to towel up and the fullness of life that is released in this posture. I am blessed to be revealed the life you designed for me.



Meditation truth – “you also should wash one another’s feet.”



How difficult is it to towel up for you?

Do you see where you sit in the seat of judgment?