Low Enough to Wash Feet
John 13:14 & 15
“If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.”
As we begin this week’s devotional series, we start by meditating over a character trait that is often spoken about; however, it’s practiced little among many who profess to be followers of Christ. Humility.
To be humble, is to be low in height.
I have seldom suffered from low self-esteem and being short has never been an issue for me. Nonetheless, whenever someone gives their ideal description of what they look for in a person, they mention something about being tall.
Height is something that is important to most people. Even if we can’t be tall physically, we find other ways to add height to our lives. Some find it in education, others in their jobs or various accomplishments. Our world has become fixated on adding to our lives so that others will admire us.
The primary reason many who profess to be followers of Christ find it hard to lower themselves is because it goes against our carnal nature and the overt and subtle messages we hear in society.
In the Roman Empire, they idolized power and wealth, while humility was viewed as a sign of weakness. If we would be honest, in spite of humility being exalted throughout the scriptures, we view it as being weak.
To many, the appearance of weakness is repulsive and therefore rejected at the expense of blatant disobedience to Christ.
Christ modeled many traits that we as believers are to follow. However, Jesus washing the disciples feet is something we don’t hear a lot about.
One thing is for certain, if we are going to follow Christ, we must have a heart that is humble enough to wash some feet.
Lord, as we meditate on your Word this week, please give us a heart that is willing to be made low, Amen.