“No,” said Peter, ‘you shall never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.’ Jesus replied, ‘You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ ‘No,’ said Peter, ‘you shall never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.’ ‘Then, Lord,’ Simon Peter replied, ‘not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” (John 13:8-9)
Acting as a host for the disciples, Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. On the night He was betrayed and denied, He washed their feet. He initiated it before one of them could or would. Jesus was a servant. Meeting even the menial needs by selfless acts of service, Jesus showed us a new path for His children. It was not to be served by others but to be serving others. What will it take for us to get there?
This cuts against the very grain of our culture, even today. Since biblical times, we as a culture, have not learned much from the ministry of Jesus. We are still impressed by those who have become icons in their professions and are presently being served by those who wish one day to be in their very same place.
Worshipping at the altar of influence and fame will not take you very far. It will leave you empty and hollow. Those who have obtained the world’s applause still wrestle with the emptiness within which money and applause cannot fill. To be a servant means we will have to break step with the world in which we live. It will also call for us to break step with our own flesh. We want and enjoy others serving us. However, the greatest joy occurs when we serve others.
Today, do something to serve another one of God’s children. Try picking something practical and meaningful. Not everyone around you needs to have their feet washed because they wear sandals, but they have other needs, needs which are very practical and necessary. Ask God to show you what you can do. He will answer your prayer…just be listening!