Upstairs Heat

January 7, 2000
by Michael Steckel

John 13:4-5 – 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. (NIV)

In my home, my wood burning stove is located on the upstairs level. This is great to keep the upstairs of the house heated, but the downstairs does not get any of the warmth which is put off by the stove. I have a ceiling fan to try to force the warm air downstairs, but it does not work. The heat just wants to rise to the ceiling and stay there. Ideally it is better to have a wood burner on the lowest level of a home so that the heat may rise to the upstairs and keep the whole house warm.

When I think of heating a house and having the heat source on the bottom floor, I think about the passage for today where Jesus washes the feet of the disciples. Here was the Son of God getting down on his knees and washing the feet of men. Jesus came to earth to be a servant. He did not come to earth so that he would be exalted but instead he served others. God's love is expressed through service to others. Jesus made himself lowly so that all could experience his love. He was crucified on the cross like a criminal so that we could have salvation. If God had never come to earth as a man we would be lost with no chance of salvation. By being lowly, Jesus spread the Father's love so that all may have a chance to experience it.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we pray that we may be humble so that we can be your servants. Through this service may others see your love through us. May we never think ourselves too important to kneel down and help someone in need. In Jesus' name. Amen.

About the author:

Michael Steckel
Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

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