Be the Example

John 13:12-17: I have really enjoyed watching the Hallmark movies. Last night as I watched a commercial came on about a Kindness Agent. This is a program where children are a part of a club that does kind acts for others. Each child chose their agent name and then did random kind acts for others leaving their agent name. The end of the commercial said “be the example”. As we do what Jesus did, He set the example for us, but we set the example for those around us. When we serve others or do an act of kindness we are leaving an example for those who come behind us to follow. Jesus said it like this.

John 13:13You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.

Washing the feet was the job of the lowest servant in the house. As people came into a home from journeying that day, their feet were filthy since they wore sandals and walked everywhere they went. The servant would take a towel and basin of water and wash the feet of those in the home. Jesus did this to His disciples to set the example that they were to serve others.

In the days to come we will have many opportunities to serve others. We can open a doors, speak a kind word, give generously. The opportunities are everywhere. As you do remember you are living up to the example Jesus left for you and leaving an example for others to follow. Be the right example for your children and those around you.