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Washing Feet

Posted: Tuesday, May 23

Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

2 Samuel 2:12-3:39
John 13:1-30
Psalm 119:1-16
Proverbs 15:29-30

 

Verse of the day:

“And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet.” (John 13:14 NLT)


Have you ever washed someone else’s feet? Has someone else ever washed your feet?

A few years ago I lead a missions trip to Arizona where we did an outreach with Convoy of Hope. Part of that event was distributing free shoes, but before you were able to take your shoes there was a tent where volunteers would first wash your feet. We encountered person after person who was thrilled at the prospect of receiving new shoes but would strongly resist having their feet washed.

 

John 13 tells the account of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet and there was resistance to this idea back then too.

 

6 When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”  “No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!” Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”

 

I can definitely relate to Peter. To allow someone to wash my feet publically would bring embarrassment and publicity that I like to avoid. Yet this is no small matter.

 

I believe the reason we struggle to wash others’ feet is because we have not let Jesus wash ours first. We act strong like Peter and tell him not to touch us. We don’t want Jesus or anyone else to see our dirt and we’re used to carting it around. We accept it. We might even like it. And if we were to allow Jesus to serve us in this manner then we might acknowledge we are servants as well.

The only way we can serve is to allow the greatest of all to serve us. You and I must grant him permission to wash us and serve us and remove all our sins, shame and pain. Today Jesus still washes feet. We are called to do the same.