John 13:12-17 NIV
‘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. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.’
Jesus is charging us here to treat others the way that He has treated us. He has cleansed and forgiven us, so we should do the same. Here He is humbling himself by becoming lower than those of whom He is cleansing.
Peter had trouble receiving such a gesture and at first refused the offer but when he realises the power in having his feet washed by the Messiah he welcomes the concept. But what does it mean to wash someone’s feet?
As we set about with a mindset to wash others’ feet, we are humbling ourselves as Jesus did and offering ourselves as servants to one another. Washing someone’s feet is to give of your time, finances, love, prayer and support. It is to offer your faith to believe with them, stand with them and most importantly to forgive and set free.
So do as Jesus did and wash someone’s feet today because it just may be that you need yours washed also.