In John 13, we see the ultimate act of love; Jesus, the king, takes on the role of the lowest ranking servant, and washes the disciples feet. He didn’t have to, but he did it because He wanted his disciples to know how much he loved them. For Jesus, words weren’t enough; He wanted to demonstrate his love for them in this way.
When we think about it, its a scandal. The king, bowing down, and washing feet. But that’s what Jesus does. He came as a baby, in meekness and lowliness, to serve and save – to demonstrate that His kingdom is not the way of our kingdom. To show us that salvation is by trusting in Him, and Him alone.
And Jesus washes feet to set an example. To remind us that because of the kindness we have received, we can pass it on; that because we have been served, we can serve; that because we have been forgiven, we can forgive; and that because we have been shown grace upon grace, we can offer grace upon grace.
Its highly likely that no one we meet this week will want us to wash their feet. But we can ‘wash’ feet in a million ways of service, love and kindness. Go for it – bless someone, serve someone, untie their sandals, and wash their feet. And watch both your joy, and their joy, increase as you do.