Scripture: John 13:1-17
Devotional Thought: Maybe you flunked that Geometry test. Maybe your great-grandmother passed away during finals week. Or maybe, against all odds, you made the varsity baseball team.
The unexpected happens to Peter in John 13 and it puzzles him greatly. Jesus - the Son of God - takes up Peter's dirty foot at the supper table. He asks, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus responds, "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand."
Jesus' response goes over Peter's head. Instead of resting in the mystery, Peter refuses to let Jesus act like a servant. Yet, Jesus must model service (aka: love) so Peter and the disciples will go and do likewise.
Every puzzling moment in life occurs for a precise reason. Sometimes that precise reason is immediately obvious. Other times God says, "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand."
Maybe those you serve do not understand what you are doing. Or, maybe God's act of love in your life puzzles you. Rest in the mystery. Trust that God understands every aspect of your current situation and that in time, you too will understand.
Application: Choose one day this week and focus on John 13:6-9. Complete one or all of the below levels. No need to complete them in order or in one sitting.
Level One: Prayer - Offer thanksgiving and ask God any questions you have about John 13:6-9. Or, share your insights with him. Pray for a servant's heart.
Level Two: Meditate - What do you notice about the passage? Who is speaking? Where does it take place? What is happening? What speaks to you?
Level Three: Journal - Take your meditations from level two and journal about them.
Level Four: Read John 12:23-27 and repeat levels one through three.
Bonus Level: Choose your own passage in God's Word and apply levels one through three.
Accountability: Below, leave the reply "#livingitout" if you were able to do one or all of the levels this week. Feel free to share insights or encouragement.
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