John 13:3-7, 12-17  “Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.  When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”
“Do you understand what I was doing? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you’re right, because that’s what I am, and since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their masters, nor is the messenger more important that the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.”
Most of us are much more comfortable being the person who serves rather than the person being served. Being served puts us in a position of need, and often our pride rebels against that, just as Peter’s did. Unless we embrace the reality that we need to be served by God, and by God through people every day, then we won’t be built up, we won’t be completed into the masterpiece that God is trying to be us into. Only in this way can we learn to daily let God live in and through us as a servant as he serves the world through us.