MAY 12

Jesus … laid aside His garments. JOHN 13:3-4 NKJV

John records that: “Jesus … rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself … poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, are You

washing my feet?” (Lk 13:3-6 NKJV).

Jesus didn’t wait for His disciples to make the first move, He went first. He taught that in order to serve God you must be willing to lay aside your image, your comfort and your agenda. And He dramatized it in a way His disciples would never forget. By laying aside His garments He showed them God has no time for form or fashion. Real ministry is not image conscious; it’s done with a complete loss of distinction. God incarnate clothed Himself in humility. Amazing! But Peter didn’t get it. He was embarrassed to think that His Lord would allow Himself to be seen in such demeaning light. So Jesus said, “You call Me Teacher and Lord … If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you .. .If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them” (In 13:13-17 NKJV). If you want to be blessed, don’t join the “spiritual elitists” who are impressed by their own speeches and display their own accomplishments. Lay aside everything you privately glory in and pick up the towel of servant-hood. And don’t wait for others. Somebody at your table needs to start a trend. Today let it be you!

Taken from the Best of the Word for You Today


It always irked a single mother that her grocery store didn’t carry eggs in packages of six – just by the dozen. Then one day, her wish came through. She walked into the grocery and found fresh eggs in cartons of six.

“I was so excited”, she told us later, “that I bought two.”


Suffering from an unsightly rash, my friend Denise made an appointment with a dermatologist who happened to be very attractive.

After a full examination, the doctor cocked his head and asked, “Denise did you get your hair done?”

“Why yes. Thank you for noticing.” Said Denise, flattered.

“I thought so”, the doctor replies “Because your scalp looks red that irritated.”