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WASHING FEET

There is a beautiful story in the book of John where Jesus washes the feet of His disciples. In the culture at that time, washing feet was a job for humble servants. Jesus demonstrates that He is willing to be our servant.

Jesus taught Peter (and us) that we must have the humility and willingness to allow Jesus to wash us clean. As you confess your sins to Jesus in prayer, allow His mercy and love to wash you clean.

Then extend the same mercy to others. Pray and ask the Lord to help you serve others, because Jesus serves you.

READ SCRIPTURE

JOHN 13:1-17, NIV

1 It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.

2 The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus.

3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God;

4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.

5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

10 Jesus answered, “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.”

11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

12 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.

13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.

14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.

15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

16 I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.

17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

PHILIPPIANS 2:2-4, NIV

2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.

3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

LIVE IT

The Heart of Jesus is to wash away your sin. It is His desire for you to be clean. Have you allowed Him to do this for you? If not, consider kneeling before Him right now.

Since Jesus has done so much for you, how can you serve someone sacrificially today? It might be by offering to actually wash another person’s feet. It might be through helping someone with a difficult task.

Be creative and choose to serve someone with the love of Jesus today.

PRAYER

“Jesus, your word says, ‘Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.’ (Philippians 2:3-4) Holy Spirit, help me to see the needs around me today. I commit to helping someone in need today, Jesus. For your honor and glory. Amen.”