Lesson of the Apron

18 Aug

God’s Word: John 13

God’s message to me:

Jesus mission on earth was to demonstrate My love for humanity.  Shortly before his time of crucifixion He knew His closest followers needed one more love lesson demonstrated.  That was the lesson of the apron.  Jesus set aside his “robe of honor” and put on an “apron of humility.”  Then He knelt before these men, washed their feet and dried them with His apron.  (In those days the people all wore sandals and lived in a very dusty area so their feet were often dirty.)

Jesus’ love lesson demonstration was to show His followers that no one should think himself better than anyone else.  These men knew that Jesus was My promised Messiah to the world.  They were shocked that He would stoop to wash their dirty feet.  None of them had offered to wash Jesus’ feet.  So Jesus used this as an object lesson to teach an important life lessons to all His followers.

The Apostle of Jesus, Paul, had learned the lesson of the apron and confirmed it in Ephesians 4:1, in a letter he wrote to the Ephesian church while he was in prison.  “I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.”

God’s Question for me: How long has it been since you put on the apron of humility?

God’s Promise to me: Whenever you put on the “apron of humility” to serve someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.

My prayer to God: The ACTS of prayer

Adoration: What an example Jesus set for us—service to others is the path to greatness in Your sight.  I stand in awe of your great lessons in humility—to help us understand how to live.

Confession: I am ashamed and humbled when I think of all the opportunities for service I have bypassed—instead wishing to be served myself.

Thanksgiving:  Thank you for the reminders in Your Word that help us know the path to follow to live a blessed life.

Supplication:  Help me to willingly and often put on the apron of humility and serve you—by serving others.

My Song to God:  Only One Life

Only one life to offer, Jesus, my Lord and King;
Only one tongue to praise Thee And of Thy mercy sing (forever);
Only one heart’s devotion Savior, O may it be
Consecrated alone to Thy matchless glory, Yielded fully to Thee.

Only this hour is mine, Lord–May it be used for Thee;
May ev’ry passing moment Count for eternity (my Savior);
Souls all about are dying, dying in sin and shame;
Help me bring the message of Calvary’s redemption In Thy glorious name.

Only one life to offer–Take it, dear Lord, I pray;
Nothing from Thee withholding,Thy will I now obey (my Jesus);
Thou Who hast freely given Thine all in all for me,
Claim this life for Thine own to be used, my Savior, Ev’ry moment for Thee.


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