Washing feet



Jesus rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

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? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.

Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” (John 13:4-5, 12-17)

This is a simple, clear and powerful picture that Jesus has given us.

Washing a guest’s feet was the mark of a gracious host. It was meant to serve the guest who had been walking dusty roads wearing a sandals.

The job of washing feet was left to whichever servant had the lowest rank in the house.

Jesus example for us is not to go out and find someone’s feet to wash. It is to place ourselves in the role of a servant who is willing to humble ourselves to care for the needs of someone else.

How can you serve the people you will interact with today?

What unimpressive, yet helpful task of care can you bow your heart to perform?

Are you willing to go through today wearing a servant’s towel?

Next time you are tempted to resist the Holy Spirit’s encouragement to serve someone, picture our Lord Jesus on his knees, before a basin of dirty water as he carefully washes a long row of feet.

“If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them”