It’s crazy to be wrapping up week three of our verse by verse study on the topic of Blessed! Today, we welcome Anji Budzynski to the blog. She is sharing about blessings found in obedience. Open you Bibles to John 13 and dive in to the scene. Ask God to speak a new message to your heart in what may be a familiar story.
To print a copy of today’s devotion and further study, click here >>>>Blessed Devo Ten Anji Budzynski
Tory and I were acquaintances. I wanted to be friends, but she kept me at bay and wasn’t always kind. Tory’s stepsister had died suddenly and very few people knew. Tory had quietly mentioned it during prayer and it seemed as if the others in the group hadn’t heard what she said. Still, my heart was broken for her sister’s passing especially when I saw her face as she whispered her prayer request. I knew the Holy Spirit was guiding me to not only pray for her but to also take her a meal the next night. I needed to humble my heart and serve her as a sister in Christ.
Jesus has a way of flipping the things we know on their head and showing us of how to properly view them in light of God’s eternal Kingdom.
A prime example is John 13:17 (ESV) “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”
To understand what He is saying in this verse, let’s look at it in context. Jesus and His twelve disciples had just finished eating Passover supper together. After dinner had finished, Jesus began the process of washing His disciples’ feet with a servant’s posture. Simon Peter wanted no part of it. Servants were the lowliest form in the hierarchy of laborers and no one wanted to see Jesus lower His honored Rabbi status to this less-than noble position. Jesus explained that He had to wash their feet if they were to continue to follow Him. After that Simon Peter was all in! Jesus went on to tell them that in order for them to teach as He did, they would have to serve others as He was serving them in that moment. The blessing Jesus was talking about was becoming a servant to others. Jesus let them know that no one man was lesser or greater than another regardless of his life status.
When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant[c] is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. John 13:12-17 ESV
This applies to us as well. When we hear or read God’s Word and apply it to our daily lives, we will be blessed by that real-life application.
How does our obedience bless God? When we follow God’s Word and do what Scripture guides us to do (obey), we glorify God with our right actions which are a blessing to God as an action of devotion, praise, and worship.
We will bring blessings to our lives and others by becoming a servant and humbly serve them.
We will have an inner peace and happiness that we are being obedient to God’s Word. We will have an inner joy that we are glorifying God with our actions. And we will want to continue to have a servant’s heart and posturing as we serve others as we share the gospel message.
Our blessing of knowing and doing with the right attitude will in turn bless those whom we encounter in our daily ministry. It will become contagious as those around us will want to serve the same way we do for God’s glory.
I took a meal to Tory and prayed for her for many weeks later. I also sent her a card letting her know that I was saddened for her as she mourned her sister’s death. I was thankful that I was obedient to the Holy Spirit. And I was blessed a few months later as Tory not only thanked me for an unprecedented kindness but also expressed an interest in a genuine friendship.
1- Reread the passage about Jesus washing the disciples feet. What can we learn from Jesus’ example? How is He asking you to serve another today?
2- Read the following verses: James 1:22, Matthew 7:24, Romans 2:23 How is God speaking to your heart about hearing/living?
3- In your prayer time today, ask God to show you others in need and how you can respond. Pray for those who have not yet heard about Jesus and ask God to allow you opportunities to show them Christ’s love through acts of service/obedience.
Anji Budzynski loves to encourage, feed, and love on the people around her. She passionately writes and speaks about God’s love for His people and hopes to bring them to Jesus through her ministry.
Anji and her husband, Brian, have successfully launched two of their offspring, Tasha & Chris, into the world with a third, Bella, marinating at home for another decade.