“Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He now showed the disciples the full extent of his love. It was time for supper. . . So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel he had around him.”
John 13:1-5, NLT
Imagine the physical condition of the feet of the twelve disciples. Their feet, along with the occasional donkey ride, were the primary mode of transportation. No Nikes or Adidas. Only hand-sewn, open-toed sandals. Therefore, first century feet took a beating. Peter’s heels were dried and cracked. James had massive corns. John once broke his toe and without proper orthopedic care, it healed crooked. Judas had fallen arches. Thomas doubted whether his athlete’s foot condition would ever get better.
We realize this as strictly comical poetic justice. However, the truth might even be a bit more gnarly. But Jesus took a towel and girded Himself. The Son of God stooped to pour water into a basin. The Savior of the world washed dirty fisherman’s feet. The lesson? How do you see the spiritual condition of those around you? Are your friends spiritually dry to the point of cracking? Are your co-workers fallen? Do your neighbors sometimes have ugly fungus-like attitudes? Have your family members healed up rather crooked?
If so, what should you and I do about it? Hold our noses and run the other way for our own personal pedicure appointment, or should we gird ourselves with a towel, pour some water, and serve them? It is the way the New Living Translation says that the Lord “showed the disciples the full extent of His love.”
QUESTION: Who can you serve to show His love? What kind of act of radical kindness can you do to let God’s love flow through you today? “Who’s feet will you wash this week?”