This In His Steps series is intended to take a look at what Jesus did in His life so that we can become this thing called a disciple. We don’t want to stop there, but take it to the next step where we start developing disciples as well. In week 9 we are going to look at the event when Jesus washed His disciples feet.
In this day everyone wants to be in charge and be the leader. The culture is about personal advancement. To be a leader or have a goal of advancement is not a bad thing at all, but how do we go about it? Many get to a point where they are too good for certain tasks, but Jesus was quite different.
It is the hottest day you have ever experienced you throw on some shoes with no socks and walk to the corner, are you going to smell your feet? Absolutely not! In bible times the wealthy had house servants that did the daily up keep, but then they had servants to be considered the lowest of all to wash their feet and the feet of their guest. The night of the last supper Jesus washed each one of His disciples’ feet. The Son of God sent to save the world lowered his self to the bottom in order to lead. Are you willing to be the servant leader Christ has called you to be? The most powerful leaders are the ones that would do the work no one wants to do. Jesus did not want to wash feet, but He loved them enough to do the unthinkable.
We have to love people enough to be able to do the unthinkable for them. How do we do that? We start seeing them the way Christ sees them. Christ’s people are beautiful, valuable, precious, and pursued. Even that person that really gets on your nerves at work is beautiful, valuable, precious, and pursued. When we love in this way it will begin to change the hearts of all around us. When we love in this way we serve in a way we didn’t know that we could.
Take time to reflect on these questions.
Who in your life do you need to see through the eyes of Christ?
How would this change the way you treat that person?
If Jesus showed His disciples love through service, who have you showed love to recently?