Can I Wash Your Feet?

John 13:4-5 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 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

Can I wash your feet?”

I looked up and saw a man. He was very clean. He was smiling at me. I noticed His clothes were very bright and the sandals on His feet didn’t hide the perfection of His feet. I watched in amazement as He took my dirty feet and washed them so lovingly. He touched them like they were a price He’d won. He wiped them and put my sandals back on my feet. To my amazement He sat down next to me and leaned back smiling at me. The Son of God had washed my feet. I knew what He wanted without Him asking me. Would I wash others feet as He had washed mine? Would I serve Him with humility and kindness? Would I lay down my life as He had laid down His?

“I am not worthy!” I wailed bowing before Him.

“I have made you worthy. Go into all the nations and preach the gospel. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” He touched my head and I felt fire coursing through my being. I had been commissioned.

Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

I was sitting in church one time and a man walked by me. He had a limp. He put his bible on the seat behind me and walked away. When he came back I felt I needed to talk to him and invite him to seat next to me. He was very grateful. We started talking and he shared his journey without me asking. He used to be in the air force. He told me how 6 times he’d almost lost his life in different situations a few of those moments being after he’d left the air force. His desire was to tell people about Jesus. I knew it wasn’t a coincidence that he’d decided to share about his near death experiences and when I told him God had preserved him for a reason he agreed. Later as we were worshipping I prayed for his leg and saw a light moving from his hip to his ankle. Jesus will heal him and he will add that to his amazing testimony.

As I was about to write this blog, I  realized how when I’d obeyed the prompting of the Holy Spirit to invite this man to the front seat, I’d ‘washed his feet’ I had humbled myself and listened as he’d shared his heart. His speech was slightly impaired from one of his accidents but I listened to every word.  He needed someone to talk to. Jesus showed up for His son and used me at that moment to let his son know that he is heard. The washing of another’s feet can be the actual act of washing the feet or submitting ourselves to His authority and serving others and Jesus cracked that truth to me in a very unusual way.

Mark 10:43 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,

How many times have you seen that man or woman limping, looking sad, oppressed, doesn’t sound like you or look like you, isn’t dressed like you, is covered in tattoos and piercings, doesn’t smell too good and you invited them to sit with you. How many times have you chosen to sit next to that person many ignored? How many times have you stepped out of your comfort zone to serve another? Would you wash that homeless man’s feet literally and figuratively? Would you listen to that woman or man who just needs a friend even if it’s for a few minutes. Would you fall on your knees before strangers and pray for that person struggling with self-image?

How would you serve?  Who would you serve? Would you do it if no one is watching?

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