John 13 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
It’s the day before Jesus is to be crucified, He is in the upper room with his twelve disciples. Instead of being preoccupied with the fact that his death was near, He wanted to continue to show His disciples how much He loved them. During supper, Jesus gets up, laid His garments down, and put a towel on his side and begins to wash the feet of his disciples.
During that time travel was mostly by foot on dusty/muddy roads. The shoes wore were sandals which did little to protect the feet from these elements, therefore, each Jewish home had a basin of water for the feet to be washed. This task was performed by the lowliest slave. When Jesus and the disciples arrived at the upper room there was no slave to wash their feet. This was a perfect opportunity for the disciples to show humility to each other as well as to Jesus. Days before, Jesus said, " Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave" (Matthew 20:26-27). However, the disciples forgot what He had said. They were preoccupied and missed what could have been a beautiful opportunity to show true humility.
After Jesus washed their feet he wanted the disciples to understand what He had done. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them" (John 13:14-17). Jesus Christ, whose heart beat the pulse of enteral deity, kneeled to wash the feet of man. He showed the greatest of all humility.
This is not a call for foot washing but a call for true humility in sacrificing to serve others. For the past eleven months, I've had an opportunity to help some men whom society have deemed to be the scum of the earth. Men who are alcoholics, drug addicts, homeless, jobless and just lost. One young man I met was celebrating nine months of sobriety. I wanted to celebrate him by taking him out to dinner, but all he wanted was a large cup of coffee from McDonalds. WOW, it does not take a lot to show true humility.
When we are tempted to think we have done enough for others or that we are looking for others to do more for us, open your Bible to John 13. Read that chapter and allow the Holy Spirit to help you understand the ultimate example of true humility which was exemplified by Jesus before going to the cross.
What area in your life can you work on changing to show true love and true humility?