KEY SCRIPTURE: John 13:14. “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.”
The Lord washed all the disciples’ feet, and then He asked them if they had seen what He had done to them. He made sure that everyone’s feet were washed. He then instructed them that if I your lord and master have washed your feet, then you must likewise wash one another’s feet. This was a very profound act and a corresponding statement he made in addition.
He is the Lord. He is their creator and king, yet He humbled himself and washed their feet and cleaned it as well. The first lesson is that none of them must see himself too big to serve the rest. It was an instruction to be selfless. This is one condition that makes a team great. Teams are never divided but carry one main agenda. Phil 2:2 “fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.”
To wash one another’s feet is to love one another. No individualism. Apostle Paul states it so clearly in Phil 2:3 “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”
Washing your brother or sister’s feet means you esteem him better than yourself.
One may ask, if I esteem my brother better than myself, would that not give him an advantage over me? Please get the whole idea well or clearly. It is not about who gains the advantage but rather how much Christ is revealed in us. Many are busily seeking to show what they can do and how great they are. This is the deception of the enemy. It is a trap that many have fallen into. He saved us not to make us great but to reveal Christ in us.
He saved us to make Christ great in us. It is all about Christ. Gal 1:15 “ But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen.” He saved you to reveal Jesus in you and not to reveal you.
Stop the struggle to reveal yourself. If in your life Christ is magnified and daily revealed through you, then you are fulfilling your mission.
When God uses us in any way, it is to reveal Jesus. Healing the sick, delivering the oppressed, and even feeding the hungry should not in any way make us feel proud. We should be full of praise to the master who has made use of us to glorify His name.
All that we have been called to do is to wash men’s feet. Teaching, healing, and delivering the oppressed is all washing other’s feet. We do not get offended if they fail to acknowledge what we have done because we only sort to please the master in washing His children’s feet.
THOUGHT: LET IT BE YOUR JOY TO RENDER SERVICE THAN TO RECEIVE PRAISE.
Phi 1:20 KJV” According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.”
Acts 20:35 “I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”