“Then, after washing their feet and putting on his robe again, he took his seat and said to them, Do you see what I have done to you? You give me the name of Master and Lord: and you are right; that is what I am. If then I, the Lord and the Master, have made your feet clean, it is right for you to make one another’s feet clean. I have given you an example, so that you may do what I have done to you. Truly I say to you, A servant is not greater than his lord; and he who is sent is not greater than the one who sent him. If these things are clear to you, happy are you if you do them.” (John 13:12-17, BBE)
This section of scripture never ceases to amaze me, or at times rebuke me!
It reconstructs the average idea of what service really is. It reconstructs the average idea of what happiness really is. It reconstructs the average idea of who I am really supposed to be…if I have eyes to see, and ears to hear.
The lesson has much more to do with helping each other remove the grit and grim from our lives through service than it does with removing the junk between our toes. We are quick to say that we understand this! Do we really? Do we perceive it the way Jesus wanted his apostles to perceive it?
I must ask myself the question, “Who’s feet am I going to wash today?” Are you willing to ask yourself the same? If not, why not?
Why are we afraid to get our hands dirty like Jesus did? Share your thoughts if you like.