John 13:12-17 (NLT)
12After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? 13You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. 16I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. 17Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.
I’m reading Grace, by Max Lucado. In one chapter he makes a simple statement, “Jesus washed feet.”
Isn’t that crazy? Jesus washed feet. God, in the form of man, knelt down to wash dirty feet. He washed poop off of His betrayer. He washed dirt off of backsliders. He washed dust off of deniers. He washed feet.
He took a servant’s position, the position of a slave, to wash the feet of those who wouldn’t even walk with Him to his crucifixion. He washed the feet of those who would run from the truth of knowing Him. He washed the feet of the one who would race to betray Him.
Are we willing to “wash feet”—take out the trash, volunteer at a homeless shelter, share our food or time?
Our Savior washed feet.
Think about that. Think about the things that you are unwilling to do, and the things that Jesus very willingly did. Think about who He is and the example He set.
The author is a youth worker from Hartwell, Georgia.
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