Marriage: Ministry of the Towel

In John 13 we see Jesus live out a truly practical yet amazing display of service. For some reason there was no servant there to wash the feet of the disciples and because of this, Jesus took upon Himself to step in the gap. He rose from supper and washed the disciples feet. After He finished washing their feet He told them that He had gave them an example that they should follow.

This may seem like an odd text to come in looking at marriage. This example that Jesus gave is not only for actions within the church, but also is something we must take into the marriage relationship. In the marriage relationship this means choosing we over me. Another place we look to is Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

Philippians 2:3-8 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

In marriage we must take this into the marriage. Look not to your own interest but to the interest of your spouse. Having this mind that Christ did, willingly laying down His life for the church. Taking the form of a servant and being obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. That is a prime example of sacrificial living in marriage, that’s picking up the towel.

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