Jesus KNEW that the Father had given Him authority over everything and that He had come from God and would return to God. So He got up from the table, took off His robe, wrapped a towel around His waist, and poured water into a basin. Then He began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel He had around Him.
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 ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your 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. I tell you the TRUTH, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them. (John 13:3-5, 12-17 NLT)
Because Jesus knew His greatness and knew His reward in God, He was able to humble Himself and wash the feet of others. The feet are usually the first to get soiled, the most difficult to keep clean and the lowest aspect of the body. The Greatest Being was washing the lowest part of man. Absorb that…
So many of our popular pastors in the media, they pump and prime us to believe we deserve to partake in the greatness, success,and entitlements of Jesus. Even though it is true, we are certainly promised that. Unfortunately, these “pastors” they are not teaching the complete Truth. Jesus here teaches us that we follow His example, even though we have a great reward and entitlement waiting for us, we live as humble before others as we can, we die to ourselves and we serve others, putting them first in all things. Washing and drying their soiled feet and soiled lives.
We need to be cautious of “teachers” not living the Life of Christ. Seeking platforms, special lighting, hipster clothes, gelled hair, security guards, gated communities, you know the type. We are clearly taught by Jesus Himself, we take the lower seat, we serve, we wash, we humble ourselves.
Spend a season in your life being taught by Jesus. Learn from Him. Study His Words. Learn Jesus from the Holy Spirit, talk about Him with your friends. Seek first the Kingdom. Your eyes will be open to a new reality. A New Life, and a Life more Abundant!