2011-04-22 - What Would Simon Peter Say?
"No," said Peter, "you shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me." (John 13:8)
We met together to eat the Passover meal. Before the eating began, Jesus showed us a genuine act of His love; He washed our feet and dried them with a towel. It should have been the other way around, us washing our leaders feet. Looking back on it, I wish I came up with the idea first. Jesus did countless thoughtful acts everyday to the crowds we met, and yet He was not too tired to show some tenderness to us.
I was the first disciple to get his feet washed by Jesus. In the beginning, I didn't think it was right for Jesus to wash my feet. When Jesus told me I would have no part of Him without the foot washing, that settled it; I wanted him to wash my hands and head - not just my feet.
The presence of Jesus in my life is so powerful, I wasn't about to lose it. Realistically, all Jesus needed to wash was my feet, so I complied. After all the disciples received their washing from the Lord, He explained the act further. Jesus told us we were to wash others' feet as He had done to us, to live out His example. The selfless action is one of the ways to show others we are God's servants.
I did not leap for joy at this request. Touching others' feet did not rank too highly with me, but once I looked at it from Jesus' point of view, it was the only way to show others we were God's servants, and for the people to learn more about God's compassionate nature.
Lord, Let me be willing to be a servant for You. It may not be the first thing I think of, and it may be uncomfortable or inconvenient, but I pray I won't let those excuses stand in the way of being a blessing to someone in need. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.