Daily Devotional for June 9, 2022

Last week, Pastor Kit took the junior high on a mission trip to the San Antonio area while Breana had the elementary children spend three days and nights at the church for local mission opportunities.
My job was to teach the elementary children why doing mission work and service is such an important part of being a faithful Christian.
The first night, I decided to use the visual illustration of Jesus washing the disciple’s feet found in John 13.
After reading the passage and explaining how Jesus made it abundantly clear that we are to serve others, it was time to wash all those little feet.
One at a time, each child came forward and stuck their feet in the water.  It didn’t take long for me to realize I should have thought that through a little better.
While the water was sparkling clear at the beginning, after a full day of all those kids playing and doing mission work, it didn’t take long for the water to be incredibly cloudy.  Those were some grody little feet.  In fact, I’m pretty sure, the feet Jesus washed were cleaner than the feet I was washing.
The good news was it clicked.  I could tell by the way the children responded they understood part of being a Christian meant serving others.  We had a wonderful conversation.
That night, washing the dirtiest feet in the history of feet and talking about serving others got me thinking.
We are called to serve others.
When was the last time you served someone?  When was the last time you lightened someone’s heavy load?  When was the last time you made a positive difference for someone struggling?
Each of us is called to give our money, talents, and time for a greater good. This is how we point others to God’s healing love and mercy.
Jesus’ greatest teaching is found in The Sermon on the Mount.  He said, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”  (Matthew 5:16)
God will give you an opportunity to make a difference.  Don’t squander it.
Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, please use my service to others to shine your light.  I offer myself to you without reservation.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.
Our ministry to others is hands on.  I pray we don’t let God down.
Also, just for the record, after washing all those little feet, I washed my hands with soap, soaked them in bleach, and sterilized them with antibacterial gel.  They still smell like feet.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins