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April 14 – Lenten Study Day 40

Lent is the 40-day period before Easter, and it is “a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal when Christians are invited to prepare themselves for the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection.” This Lent, we are doing a 40-day study from the American Bible Society to focus our time in God’s Word and prayer on His renewing power (click HERE for the reading plan). Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Lord God, by your Word fill me with a spirit of obedience and humility…

John 13:1-20

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 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 his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

Jesus Predicts His Betrayal

18 “I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture: ‘He who shared my bread has turned against me.’
19 “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am. 20 Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”


Motherhood | Marianne Toovey


John 13:15


Jesus set the example of servanthood for us to follow. It is now our job to do unto others as He has done unto us.


I’ve seen, and even participated in, a handful of feet washing demonstrations for kids this time of year. It’s a fun way for them to understand Jesus’ act of humility by getting to see the adults sitting at their feet, performing this basic task for them. In fact, the kids at my church learned this story last Sunday and I was one of the adults washing their feet. I got the privilege of getting to do my daughter’s feet and it reminded me of the times when she was a baby and how I enjoyed bathing her. And that’s when I realized how out of touch I was with this story. Washing feet today isn’t the demeaning task it was then, and we typically do it ourselves now. It just doesn’t pack the same punch it would have 2,000 years ago. But as I pondered this further, it occurred to me that motherhood does pack a punch. Sure, it’s not a demeaning task for the lowest of the low and there are many who even long for the opportunity to share in this title. But it’s certainly the most humbling thing I’ve ever done. I am constantly setting myself aside to meet the needs of my family. Serve them first. It’s often thankless (except on Mother’s Day), it’s rarely easy, and I’m not very good at it sometimes. But I love it anyway and wouldn’t trade it for the world. Maybe in order to be the servant Jesus asked me to be, I shouldn’t think about washing feet, but instead consider myself a mother for my fellow man. Treat the people of this world as my children and strive to meet their needs without worrying about my own (Remember Luke 12 from last month!). That’s what a servant looks like today. A mother.


Lord God, by Your Word fill me with a spirit of obedience and humility. Help me to serve You and Your people willingly, as a mother serving her family and not concerned about what’s in it for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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