“For even the Son of Man
came not to be served but
to serve, and to give his
life as a ransom for
- Mark 10:45
“So he got up from
the meal, took off his
outer clothing, and
wrapped a towel
around His waist.
After that, He poured
water into a basin
and began to wash
- John 13: 4 -5
“Do you realize what I have done for you? You call
me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed
I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have
washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s
feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I
have done for you, you should also do” (John 13: 12-15)
What does washing of the feet symbolize?
It teaches us the importance of humility and
service. It is teaching us to be humble just like
Furthermore, it also paints us the picture of
Jesus kneeling down like a slave as He washed
the dirty feet of His disciples. In this way, Jesus
lowered Himself and hung on the cross in order
to wash away our sins.
Why did Peter refused to have his feet washed
Peter failed to understand that it was an act of
humility on Jesus’part.
This scene teaches us to be obedient to God even
if we don’t see the reason at first.
Though Jesus is Lord, He humbled
Himself to wash the disciples’ feet, a
work done by servants.
By doing so, Jesus teaches us that
serving requires humility, forgetting
one’s position and a willingness to do
something for others without
expecting any reward or prize.
Jesus teaches us that true service is not
possible without love. Our love for
one another as God’s children will
make us willingly serve one another.
"Do nothing out of selfish
ambition or vain conceit,
but in humility consider
others better than
yourselves. Each of you
should look not only to
your own interests, but
also to the interests of
- Philippians 3:11
SOME SELFISH PEOPLE
CAIN: Cain, jealous of his brother and having no regard
for anyone but self, murdered his brother.
All of us must remember that we are all our “brothers’
keepers”. We must love one another.
DAVID: His selfish pursuit of pleasure caused him to sin
with Bathsheba. His selfishness led to lies and murder.
Like David, many people today are selfishly pursuing
pleasure with no regard for the consequences.
JAMES AND JOHN: They asked for the most
prestigious and powerful positions in God’s kingdom, not
to help others but to have their own egos fulfilled.
Jesus said that to be great, one must be a servant of all.
SOME SELFLESS PEOPLE
JOSEPH: Eventhough his brothers sold him to slavery,
when his brothers came to Egypt asking for food, he
forgave them and helped them.
BARNABAS: He saw the needs of his brethren so he
sold his land, gave all his money to the Lord’s cause so
that those in need might have relief.
THE GOOD SAMARITAN: Unlike those who were
outwardly pious , he took the time to help a person in
need using his own resources and time to gain no
advantage for self but only to help someone in need.
JESUS: The Son of God selflessly gave Himself as a
sacrifice for man’s sins.
UNDUE EMPHASIS ON SELF
SELF-CENTEREDNESS. This occurs when
someone is absorbed in self.
SELF-CONCEITED. This is an exaggerated
estimation of one’s ability or powers. It is
overconfidence in self. We are not to think too
highly of self.
SELF-WILLED. One who is self-willed is
stubborn, set on having his way.
SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS. This is being
righteous in one’s own eyes. They judge others
not recognizing their own flaws.
“Yet it shall not be so
among you; but whoever
desires to become great
among you shall be your
servant. And whoever of
you desires to be first shall
be slave of all.”
- Mark 10: 35-45
“Assuredly, I say to
you, inasmuch as you
did it to one of the
least of these My
brethren, you did it to
Having a servant’s heart is to
The qualities we need can be
developed. Such as:
Considering the interests of
Jesus totally disregarded His own interest
when He gave up His life to save us.
When we are humble, we can easily give
up our rights and not care much about
Furthermore, it convinces us that there is
nothing degrading about serving others.
Jesus did not only have the willingness to
serve, He also served in obedience to the
This way, the ultimate motivation of His
service is the Father’s glory.
WHAT ARE SOME WAYS YOU
CAN DO TO SERVE OTHERS?
WITH THE PEOPLE YOU
CURRENTLY LEAD, WHAT CAN
YOU DO TO SERVE THEM