John 13:12-14 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
What do you like to do when you are finished eating a meal? Take a nap? Read the paper? Watch TV?
The night before Jesus died on a cross, He shared a final meal with his key leaders. He had poured Himself into their lives and was squeezing in a final teaching time before His departure. Washing feet was the servant’s task in a household populated by people who walked around outside in sandals through dusty, dirty streets and fields. Typically feet were washed as guests entered the home and before meal time.
At the Last Supper, no one volunteered to do it. Jesus finally did it Himself, after the meal was concluded. He stated flatly “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.”
Washing feet on a full stomach… doesn’t sound great, smell right, or feel good. In this age of senior, executive-style leadership models, foot washers are hard to find. What does it mean to wash feet today?
- Could it mean pulling preschool duty or teaching children on Sunday morning?
- Could it mean rolling up your sleeves and taking on a responsibility in your Sunday School class or small group?
- Could it mean greeting guests in the parking lot or in the worship center?
- Could it mean hanging around after service to listen to a hurting brother or sister?
- Could it mean meeting a practical need in our care n’ share ministry?
- Could it mean inviting some church people over for dinner?
- Could it mean keeping children for a young couple to get out for awhile — for free?
- Could it mean coming to church early to pray over the places hurting people will be sitting and listening?
- Could it mean giving a senior a ride to the grocery store or beauty shop?
- Could it really mean ________________? (you fill in the blank)
Not very glamorous is it? But then neither is washing feet!
If you enjoyed the sermon, the worship, and the class study time — then you are truly well fed! The meal is over – what will you do now?