Low Enough To Wash Feet—Day 5
John 13: 14, 15
“If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.”
As we conclude this week’s devotional series, it is clear that Christ came to serve and not to be served. This beautiful object lesson on the washing of the disciple’s feet would later reveal to the disciples that to follow Christ would cost them more than giving up their status to pick up a basin of water and a towel. The ultimate gift Christ would give in his service would be his life.
To follow Christ has a cost.
If Christ had not humbled himself to die on the Cross, we would be lost today. To follow Jesus would mean we, too, as his followers, must be willing to give up our life in service if we would be faithful to the pattern he established for us to follow.
Get this, we want to follow Christ. However, we don’t want to pick up a basin of water and a towel. We want to follow Christ, yet, we aren’t willing to die to ourselves.
Question: If we will not follow Christ and lower ourselves to wash each other’s feet, then why would we be willing to submit our lives to him for his glory?
There is an agenda at work among professing believers today. That agenda would have us believe the ways of Christ are outdated, inappropriate and in need of a 21st-century makeover. Nonetheless, Jesus’ demand for a servant’s heart is neither outdated nor inappropriate.
This attitude exists because the world honors the rich, popular and the powerful; while the humble appear to receive the short end of the stick.
Let us remember, our reward does not come from man or even from ruling over others. It is through our obedience and confidence in Christ that we are blessed and shall receive our reward.
So go ahead and don’t be concerned with who’s watching, pick up a basin of water and a towel.
Question: Are you low enough to wash feet? Or, do you still operate in a carnal way when dealing with others?
Lord, help us, your children, to be good representatives of your Kingdom, and let us serve each other in humility, Amen.