One of the last things Jesus tells his disciples before His crucifixion is that He has a new commandment for them. He says, "...Love one another. Just as I have loved you, love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:34-35). This is so powerful to me. Jesus is saying that if you show love for others, people will know that you are followers of Him. Kind of makes you check yourself, doesn't it?
Earlier in the chapter, Jesus washes His disciples' feet. This isn't exactly a glamorous or easy task. I'm sure their feet did not smell very good and were pretty dirty. However, I can imagine Jesus kneeling on the floor and using water and a towel to clean each of his friends' feet. I'm sure they were all confused as to why someone like Him would be doing that for them. But through this action, He shows them He loves them.
In verse 15, He tells the disciples that He has set an example for them (which also means us) to follow and "that [they] should do as [He] has done." He doesn't mean we should go around and wash everyone's feet; He means in everything He did, we should be trying to follow His example. Wasn't Jesus' example all about radical, life-changing love?
While Jesus was on Earth, He healed the sick. He went into places most people wouldn't dare so He could display love. He raised his friend, Lazarus, from the dead because He loved him. He even loved the Pharisees, who were constantly ridiculing and trying to find fault in Him. What an amazing (and extremely difficult to replicate) example of love!
How can we possibly try to be like Jesus? First, we have to know not WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?--any 90s kids out there?), but instead WDJD (What Did Jesus Do?). Any scripture that tells of Jesus' life should be read and read again so that we know just who He was and is. After we know what He did, we can act accordingly. We won't be perfect like Him. We'll need to come back to the Bible for answers often. But that's okay! Jesus spent a lot of time with God through prayer, too, so there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. Pray for the knowledge of how to show more of the serving love of Jesus Christ.
Jesus, the Son of God, who was about to die a horrendous death for His disciples and all of humanity, was willing to get on the floor and serve others. Serving others is what shows true love and, if that's what Jesus did, we should do it, too. That kind of love is a love that can change the world.