Jesus allowed Himself to serve as the lowliest in a room of His disciples – a group of individuals who were devoted to His teaching, devoted to His cause and devoted to Truth. Yet, they watch Him kneel before each of them and serve them in such a way – it shocked them. Then as He sat back down when everyone’s feet were clean, He told them all to do the same.
In order to wash someone’s feet we have to allow ourselves to be humble and take on the lowliest position in the room. We have to do the unthinkable amongst our peers. To truly do as Christ has asked, we must put others first and ourselves last.
In John 13, we see this beautiful picture of humility when Christ washed the disciples’ feet. Then, just a few verses later, we read about Jesus’ new commandment, that we are to love one another. This love is vital because it is how Jesus is seen in us. Verses 34 and 35 of John 13 state: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (Emphasis mine)
I challenged you all regarding washing feet – not necessarily literal feet of each other, though that is possible – but how is God calling you to serve others? What is God asking you to do that makes you as humble as servant status? No matter what it is – we are called to love one another. Love answers to love.
I plead with you all – let us be used by the Spirit to fulfill John 13:35. "By this (loving one another) all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." Let us love so that others see Christ.
Let them all know we are Christians by our love. Not our music, sermons, food, comfortable seating . . . But God please, let them all know WE are Christ followers by our love.