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Do You Serve the Undeserving?

Proverbs 21:5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.

I have found myself to act hastily most of my life.  I think I might have veered to far the other direction most of the time now though, as I take too long to make decisions.  Surely there is a happy middle.

John 13:2 During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him,3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God,4 got up from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself.5 Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.

6 So He came to Simon Peter. He said to Him, “Lord, do You wash my feet?”7 Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.”8 Peter said to Him, “Never shall You wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”9 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.”10 Jesus said to him, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”11 For He knew the one who was betraying Him; for this reason He said, “Not all of you are clean.”

12 So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?

After reading the commentators thoughts on YouVersion, I felt compelled to pass two of them on here.  First off, the verse that really caught my eye was verse 4.  Jesus disrobed and girded Himself with a towel.  I wondered why this was.  One commentator, dansully, on YouVersion states that being girded with a towel was a servant's clothing.  Jesus was clothing Himself as a servant to do a servant's job.

Second, have you ever noticed that Judas already had the betrayal in his heart, yet Jesus washed his feet too.  Uthminsta pointed this out in his commentary.  Do you ever feel like you are doing things for people that don't deserve it?  Think about the example given to us by Jesus.  There could have been no more undeserving than Judas, yet Jesus washed his feet too.

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  1. Judas was the reason Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. For an explanation, see “Satan Entered Judas Iscariot Twice” at

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