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Wash the Feet of Others

“When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. ‘Do you understand what I have done for you?’ he asked them. ‘You call me “Teacher” and “Lord,” and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.’”

– John 13:12-14

One of the most incredible things Jesus did in service to His disciples was to wash their feet. And while this sounds somewhat gross in our modern world, it was even worse in Biblical times. Since people wore sandals and walked pretty much everywhere they went, their feet were usually dirty and covered with mud and animal dung. That said, cleaning them was an unpleasant thing to do, which is probably why it was a job primarily reserved for servants. Because they were at the bottom of the heap and considered property, slaves were assigned unpleasant tasks like these. Shockingly, our Savior followed in the footsteps of the lowliest and removed His tunic (which was a very expensive outer garment), wrapped a towel around His waist, and assumed the posture of a servant. Kneeling down, He washed His disciples’ feet, emptying Himself of the dignity inherent in His position, and humbly serving His friends. Despite being the Lord of All, He stooped to bless and care for the very ones He had created. While He had no obligation to do this, He became the least of these to set an example for us to follow as we seek to lead others by surrendering ourselves.

My friend, as a disciple of Jesus, nothing is beneath you. Your Lord picked you up out of the pit and set your feet on the solid Rock of salvation. When you were helpless and lost beyond hope, He stooped down to find you and brought you home to His heart. Though He had no obligation to become your Father, perfect love motivated Him to adopt you as His own. And since you are His child now, He washes your feet again and again to let you know that you are seen and intimately known — all He asks in return is that you do the same for others. Understanding how much has been given for you, your Savior sets you free to serve with abandon, and He promises to fill your cup each and every time you pour yourself out to people. You are made to give love, so go forth and let His light shine through you as you willingly dive into the depths to show others that they’re not alone.

Prayer


Jesus, thank you for going to such great lengths to reach me with your love. Teach me to wash the feet of others.

Reflection


Figuratively speaking, how might you wash someone’s feet today?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

3 thoughts on “Wash the Feet of Others

  1. Donna Malchrist says:

    It will be done through many small acts of kindness toward others. Such as taking in the mail of a next door neighbor when he or she is away on vacation.Or by mowing the lawn. Or also by washing the car.Or also by shopping for groceries so that a elderly person will have food in his refrigerator or freezer.Or by taking him or her to the doctor for their annual physical. As Jesus said. Whatsoever you do to the least of my people.That you do unto Me. If more and more people will follow his example. Our World will surely become a better place for all.We are taught always to show compassion and empathy toward others. And also to lend a helping hand. I hope and pray that the Hour of Power will continue its mission of reaching out to all around the world with the positive and healing messages of God.To the worshiping community of Shepherd’s Grove at Irvine Presbyterian Church.Peace love and warm thoughts. To the Schuller family.Blessings for continued good health and happiness
    To the musicians and choir along with their directors. Much thanks and grateful appreciation for the beautiful music and singing. To Sarah Grandpre and the Voices of Hope Children’s Choir. I pray that God will protect their health.As always I remain a faithful viewer and Happy and Wholesome Student in Jesus Christ.May our World be protected from disease famine and terrorism.Amen and Alleluia.

    1. Tony Riley says:

      Such beautifully inspiring words Donna, thankyou so much ,God Bless you.

    2. A beautiful reminder! Thank you Donna.

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