Note: Devotion taken from last Sunday's sermon on John 13:1-17.
If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet (John 13:14).
Christ admonishes his disciples to follow his example and wash one another’s feet.
In 1 Timothy 5:10 the apostle Paul described the godly widows in the church as those who had “washed the saints' feet.” We get some idea of what he meant by this by the other things that these women had done which he mentions in this verse, like: bringing up children, lodging strangers, relieving the afflicted, and diligently following every good work.
Consider also Paul’s admonition in Galatians 5:10: “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
The question we must ask: Do we wash the feet of our fellow disciples?
This might include the way conduct yourself within your marriage, as well as before your children and neighbors and extended family. It has special application, however, as to how we act toward the brethren within the church.
What does it mean to wash the feet of the disciples? Here are some things that will be part of this:
҉ We have to know the brethren. We have to love them enough to be committed to getting to know them and letting them know us. This means we have to be present, and we have to stay around.
҉ We can do good works for each other. That might encompass everything (as needed) from preparing a meal, cleaning a house, raking a yard, keeping children, giving rides, sitting by sickbeds, lending a listening ear, and countless other acts of love and service to one another.
҉ It means being forbearing and patient with one another.
҉ It means overlooking faults, not keeping records of wrongs, and trusting that love covers a multitude of sins.
҉ It means making your home a place of hospitality, and sometimes it means lodging strangers.
҉ It means praying for one another, and not just saying you will and then forgetting about it.
When we do these sorts of things (and plenty more that cannot always be named on a list), we are obeying Christ’s command and following his example. We are taking up the towel and filling the basin, so that we can have the privilege of washing the feet of the disciples, just as Christ has served us.
Grace and peace, Pastor Jeff Riddle
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