Daily Devotional

March 15

Twilight: Pick Up the Towel

by the Rev. Andrew Kuyvenhoven

Monthly Theme:

In March we read the gospel of John. John wrote his gospel so that his readers would know and believe the claims of Jesus. Those who do have everlasting life here and now.

Bible Reading:

John 13:1–5,12–17

Bible Text:

"Do you understand what I have done for you?" (John 13:12).


In Jesus' day it was the job of a slave to wash the feet of the sandal-wearing free men after they had entered the house and before they sat down to eat. In our story twelve men and their Teacher came to a house and prepared to eat a meal. It was a very important meal. It would be Jesus' last supper on earth, and it would become a model for the Lord's Supper that believers eat even today in remembrance of Christ. At this supper Jesus summed up and acted out all of his mission in one parable: He washed the feet of his disciples.

Look closely at Jesus. Dressed in little more than a towel, he bows before each of his followers and washes them. He makes them clean by his own servant work.

"Do you understand what I have done for you?" This question is addressed to all of Jesus' followers. The Lord of the universe poses this question to us. He rises to his feet, puts his towel aside, and slips again into his outer garment. Do you know? he asks. Do you really understand?

Only our lives can show whether or not we really understand Jesus' teachings. Our way of living will betray whether we follow the one who came to serve or whether we follow the worldly way to success. The only way to stay in the company of Jesus is to pick up the towel and stoop to serve others.

Andrew Kuyvenhoven's Daylight, a modern devotional classic, was originally published in 1994. This edition is copyright by Faith Alive Christian Resources, from whom may be ordered Daylight, the predecessor of Twilight.

A man of many accomplishments, Andrew Kuyvenhoven is probably best known for his contributions to Today (formerly The Family Altar), a widely-used monthly devotional booklet associated with the Back to God Hour. Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations for this edition of Twilight are from the New International Version

Be sure to read the "Preface" and the "Acknowledgments" by the author.

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