Day 4: Footwash

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you –John 13:14-15

Read the whole passage in John 13:1-20, 34-35.

Never have feet been the pinnacle of beauty or cleanliness, but modern man has found ways to reduce much of the smell and dirtiness associated with biped locomotion. Socks and shoes, pavement and combustion engines have done wonders for the hygiene of the foot. But in the days before Nike and Reebok, before sidewalks and public transportation, feet were dirty things. The sharp smell of dust-caked feet and sun-baked funk scented the bottoms of every traveler and laborer, market shopper and street evangelist, wandering rabbi and following disciple. But despite the dirt and the smell and the humiliation, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. The first became last, The Lord and the Teacher became the servant. And he calls us to do the same. Whatever honor we have earned, whatever rights we have acquired, whatever prestige we hold, Jesus calls us to set those aside and become a servant, and example of love and humbleness. Where are the smelly foot in the world?

Talk with God
God, give me the humility to love without reward

Live it. How will you live more second today?
Tell it. How will you share what you have learned?

Tweet using #IASfootwash to share your thoughts.

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