“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.” John 13:12-17
The image of us as Jesus followers washing one another’s feet is absolutely beautiful to me. It almost brings tears to my eyes. But what does it mean in today’s world for us to do this for one another? What does it mean in practical terms for us to wash one another’s feet?
I do not think there is one right answer to this question. To me it means to be a servant. It means to be the lowest among the lowest. It means to tell someone no matter how dirty they are, your sins are forgiven and Jesus loves you.
Have you ever done this for someone? Looked at someone you saw as bad, sinful or dirty and told them. Please let me wash your feet? There are not many things more satisfying in this life than this. Let’s all work to be servants!