Obedience vs. Convenience

John 13:2, 4-5 – 2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus…4 So He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. 5 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 (NIV).

In John 13, we can read the story of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet. I realize this is one of the most popular and oft-preached stories in all of Scripture, but humor me for a moment. A couple of things really caught my attention as I was reading it again.

The evening meal was already in progress, and Jesus got up from the table. They were all eating together, and the Holy Spirit prompted Him to end His dinner prematurely. He took off His outer clothing, wrapped a towel around His waist, poured water into a basin, and then washed and dried twelve sets of feet before the dessert course had even been served!

Notice Jesus’s meal was the only one interrupted, but He didn’t let that deter Him from serving His loyal followers. He obeyed, even though it was an inopportune time and no one else was doing anything to help.

How often do we miss out on God’s will for the sake of our own personal convenience or because of a lack of support? I’m guessing too often. Our obedience should not be based on our convenience or anyone else’s cooperation. Don’t miss the chance to be a blessing and to receive a blessing. Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you, even if His timing is inconvenient and you’re in it alone.

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