What Jesus Did! 'Service Is Rooted in Confidence' — John 13:3-4

Friday, September 7, 2018

The Father had given Jesus power over everything. Jesus knew this. Jesus also knew that he had come from God. And he knew that he was going back to God. While they were eating, Jesus stood up and took off his robe. Jesus got a towel and wrapped the towel around his waist.
— John 13:3-4 NLT
Illustration of John 13:3-4 NLT —  Jesus got a towel and wrapped the towel around his waist.

Key Thought

Confidence in his walk with God enabled Jesus to serve others and to submit his will to God sacrificially—Jesus demonstrates this by washing his disciples' feet which is detailed in the following verses. From the beginning of his ministry, God had affirmed Jesus' identity and importance: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." (Mark 1:11 NIV) Now knowing his identity, Jesus serves his disciples showing them that the power of authority is service to others, not service from them. Knowing we are children of God should motivate us to serve others as well!

Today's Prayer

Father, please give me the courage and confidence to serve others sacrificially. I know you have made me your child, so please use me as your child to be a blessing to others. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 John 3:1-2, 16-18
  • 1 John 5:13-15
  • 1 John 4:17


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.