After washing their feet he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? You call me ‘Master’ and ‘Lord,’ and you do well to say it, for it is true. And since I, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow: do as I have done to you. How true it is that a servant is not greater than his master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends him. You know these things — now do them! That is the path of blessing.”
John 13:12-17Living Bible (TLB)
"Lord Jesus, can I just pay for my brother or sister to have a pedicure?" This thought surely comes to mind when we are instructed to wash each other's feet in order to be blessed. However, I believe Jesus was telling and showing us there are many things we can do to serve others when He issued this precept.
Christ performed this washing of the disciples' feet shortly before His arrest, which He knew was imminent. That arrest would lead to His death on the Cross, where He would give His life for our sin. Jesus definitely had other things on His mind. We know this because we have the Bible to tell us the whole story. Those in receipt of this gracious act did not know at that time what was about to happen. After being rebuked by Jesus, Peter agreed to get a whole bath if that would please the Lord! Yet, how many of us are willing to go this far for our brothers and sisters in Christ?
We may never be required to wash the dusty feet of others. But we will be presented with the opportunity to help and show true love to someone else we do not consider worthy of our concern. Here, we are given an example by Jesus Christ of how to meet one another at our needs. We are blessed when we do. And if we do happen to be washing someone's feet, we may already be on our knees doing it so we can pray while we're down there and give thanks for the ability to serve.
If this is hard to imagine ever doing, just remember Christ washed their feet on His way to shed His blood for the forgiveness of sin, once and for all. Believing this can truly clean us up!