One Another Devotion - Day 28
Care For One Another
What is it about washing someone's feet, or having your feet washed by someone that brings such mixed emotions?
Germs! Bad foot odor? Creepy toenails? Dry rough skin that rivals 40 grit sandpaper, or a fear of contracting a fungus? Perhaps it is a fear of “being looked down on” if we humble ourselves to wash even our closest friends’ feet. Maybe we think that we are above washing someone's feet…
Fortunately, that isn't the example that Jesus set before us.
John 13:4-6 NIV
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. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Looking at the study notes in my Bible for John 13:6-9, I see a comment about Peter's objection to Jesus washing his feet.
“Characteristically, Peter objected, though no one else did.” Peter is described as a mixture of humility and pride, he didn't want Jesus to do this lowly service for him, yet he tried to dictate to Jesus:
vs 8 “No” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” And again in vs 9, “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
Even though foot washing serves the purpose of removing the dust of travel and refreshes us after many hours of travel or standing, Jesus did this as a lesson of humility for all of us, to set the example of serving others, caring for others, no matter our social or financial status in life. Serving others is simply an act of kindness and love, seeing a need and responding. It is a way to care for one another.
John 13: 14-15 NIV 14 “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”
1. What can you do to serve others today to show you care about them? Start with something simple, holding the door for someone, young or old.
2. Serving is a gift to others. What is a gift you can give to someone today as part of caring for one another?