The story of the Jesus washing the Disciples feet has always been pretty interesting to me. A teacher, highly respected amongst his peers, lowers himself to the position of a servant to wash the feet of his friends. Everyone wore sandals in those days. Everyone walked to where they wanted to go with no paved roads. Feet were dirty, and it wasn’t above Jesus to clean up the mess. In John 13 Jesus says 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.
This past weekend I was on a Teens Encounter Christ retreat, a program that has changed my life in more ways than I can imagine. Over the course of the 4 days I was there I was given the opportunity to wash the feet of my fellow TECites and in turn have my feet washed by them. For those who haven’t experienced a foot washing let me say that it’s a really moving experience, even a bit uncomfortable if you know who is on their knees before you washing your feet. This got me thinking: What can we do to wash the feet of others? What does it mean to stop gossiping, stop tweeting, stop texting, stop running, stop ignoring, stop stressing, stop procrastinating…and start serving? What does that mean for you? Imagine what it could mean for those around you.
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7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” -John 13:7