“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” ~John 13:14 NKJV

The feet around my house are in desperate need of washing. Summer has arrived. Along with the pile of crocs and flip-flops worn by dusty bare feet. Not to mention the sweaty feet inside baseball cleats.

But Jesus’ instructions to wash feet had more to do with the attitude of serving than the action of cleaning. As much as feet need a bath of soap and water, I need a humble attitude even more. And my Teacher, knowing how difficult this is, led by example.

Just hours before He would lay down His life, Jesus laid aside His rights and took on the lowest task. Almost as if He was foreshadowing what was to come and tenderly loving His disciples to the end. Leaving them a memory of His love in tangible ways by performing a routine task.

What about my life? Washing feet is not a common task in today’s culture. But there are other ways I can be a servant to those around me. Things such as providing clean sheets and clean clothes. A listening ear when I have a busy schedule. Time to read a book when I have a deadline. Giving up the television remote. Showing patience, gentleness, kindness and love.

Is it easy? No. But if Jesus can do it, then I can at least try.

What about you? What does washing feet look like in your life?

Being a Servant
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  • June 7, 2010 at 2:43 pm


    Since I've been growing closer in my relationship with God and giving Him more of my quality time, it has really changed the quality of the relationships I have with others and the ability to "serve" them in any capacity comes with a cheerful heart.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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