“If I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash each other’s feet.”
John 13:14, NCV
Jesus sets out a lot of things and lays them out on the table. We gather around to get a closer look. A significant issue is this deal about becoming a servant. It stipulates a certain fact that drives us all ‘very crazy’. Jesus has stated so much, but now we’re being pushed to the edge. Afterall, there is only so much we can put up with.
But Jesus fully intends to open up this subject, for us to see. The idea is beyond bizarre, He is saying things which are very strange. He dictates that we are to start acting like the lowest slaves in our homes. These slaves have the gross task of cleaning everyone’s feet. This is the sole work of the ‘bottom scum’. This is now the ready place for His followers.
There are many ways we can wash feet in the 21st Century. But the two stages involve #1, stooping down low, and #2, providing beneficial service to our brother on-the-chair. These are the two essential thrusts to our new life of servanthood. It is only Biblical servanthood if we connect with both stages.
Jesus sees all of this, this washing business, as something He has done first-hand. He certainly hasn’t ‘commanded’ us without doing it Himself first. He leads us, and just doesn’t direct us. Many leaders have gotten confused on this issue. But our Lord ‘excels’. He models it, and we begin to understand its glory.
In essence, He states, “Look at Me, watch how I do this. And then you must copy Me’. We believers are always to be looking, spiritually observant. We see our example cleaning dirty feet, and we find ourselves in that same role. Understanding the disgusting concept of feet-washing was very close to the level of wiping someone elses butt. Extremely disagreeably, with zero upside to it. It would’ve been crude, gross and demeaning.
Jesus is disciplining us, and we look unswerving to Him. We will follow and not look back. We are an army made up exclusively of servants. We will take the lowest spot, and we will love everyone we come in contact with.
- Pope breaks with tradition as he washes feet of young inmates (itv.com)
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- blessings from washing feet…. (sallysjourney.typepad.com)
- Time in These Last Days Is So Short (lifeconnectionscounseling.org)