Washing Feet

In high school I was in a small group of all girls. My mom
was the teacher & honestly I didn’t mind that. My mom was my friend’s
teacher in elementary school, she was my teacher in sixth grade, & it was
no different for her to be my teacher at church too.

She’s taught me MANY lessons over the years – about life,
faith, & people. But there’s one lesson from this group that I remember SO
vividly. This small group of high school girls and a few leaders were about to
take a trip across Kentucky to participate in a mission project. This project
is all about serving those in need by completing physical labor on homes in a
community. To give you an example, on this particular project, I roofed a
house. Not that that has anything to do with the point, I just really wanted to
tell you I roofed a house.

I digress – this lesson that my mom taught to the group was
to prepare our hearts for service. To instill in us the very heart of Jesus – servanthood.

The room was warm and dim and we all sat in a circle. There
was a pitcher of water, a bowl, and cloth on the table. My mom said a few
things – exactly what I don’t remember but I don’t think that’s what matters.
What she did was what mattered. She took the three items on the table, bowed before
each member of our mission team & washed their feet. I don’t think at the
time I fully understood why there were tears in her eyes as she did this to the
ladies in the room, but today I totally get it.

So if I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you
also ought to wash one another’s feet.
John 13:14

In this society that we live in today, entitlement &
self-centeredness flow like rivers through the hearts of Christians &
Non-Christians alike. We live with Instagram worthy lives, promoting ourselves
& the things of this world when if we truly lived with a heart like Jesus
we would be seeking to serve others. This command to serve is something the
world looks down on. To wash someone’s feet would be unheard of & lowly.
Why? Because pride has been planted in our hearts by the Enemy and we feel that
we deserve more than that. This idea is counter-cultural I know, but Jesus –
the savior of the world – washed feet.

A devotion I read recently was discussing this topic &
this is what it said, “Jesus had the lease reason among any living man to be
humble. Yet he modeled a life of perfect, sacrificial humility and taught His
disciples to the same
.”

We are his disciples & we are to follow his example in
washing feet. To follow his example of trading in entitlement and pride for humility
& servanthood.

How can we wash feet where we are? What are ways to serve
and give and love the people we see on the daily?

Frankly my dear…wash feet.

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3 Comments

  1. Sue Parrent
    March 11, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    Precious memories of this experience. It is when we learn to humble ourselves and serve others that His light shines through us. I cherish this experience as one of the most honoring of services to those who were going to be the hands and feet of Jesus on our mission trip.

  2. Bailey Kay
    March 11, 2015 / 7:09 pm

    I love the symbolism behind washing feet. I've always wanted it to be a part of my wedding someday.

  3. Della Preston
    March 12, 2015 / 1:14 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I too have washed feet with my mom and church members. It's a treasured memory. We all should humble ourselves and be more Christ like. I'm also from Ky Della@ Della DevotedDelladevoted.blogspot.com