Smelly ft – Easter devotion
by Laura MacCorkle
A new command I give you: love one another. As I loved you, you must love each other. It will tell everyone that you are my disciples if you love each other.
John 13: 34-35, NIV
Are you celebrating Maundy Thursday?
The word Maundy means "a new commandment" and is derived from the Latin word mandatum when it translates the commandment of Jesus into John 13: 34-35.
Before saying this, Jesus had shown His love that evening during the last supper, when he humbled himself and washed the feet of his disciples (John 13: 4-5). This act perfectly illustrated his new command.
So he got up from the food, took off his outer clothing and wrapped a towel around his waist. He then poured water into a basin, began washing his students' feet, and drying them with the towel wrapped around him.
After reading this, I can only imagine what it should be like to wash someone else's stinky feet.
Think about where your feet were, especially if you live in a natural, shoe-optional locale. This will be very close and personal. And depending on the individual and his or her hygiene habits or their absence, it may not be too pleasant. Washing someone else's feet is not a glamorous service at all. But nothing has to do with the role of a servant, as it is a position of humility and a way of thinking to put others first.
Today I know that there are certain churches that offer foot washing services on Holy Thursday to commemorate Christ's actions and commandments. I haven't participated in one yet, but I'm sure it is a great lesson to help all ages understand how to love each other.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary goes one step further and says the following about washing your feet:
"In Palestine you had to wash your feet. The streets were dusty and people were wearing sandals without socks or stockings. It was a badge of honor for a host to provide a servant to wash a guest's feet. It was a violation of the hospitality of not doing this. " for this … (Jesus) had done a humble service for (the disciples). Sacrificing others' needs is what they should do. This passage emphasizes inner humility, not a physical rite. Not Following This An example of Jesus is to rise above Him and live proudly. No servant is greater than his master (cf. John 12:26). "
If we humble ourselves and serve the Lord as he has served us, it is He who raises us up. When we love Christ, he changes our hearts and motivates us to love others. And if showing that love means washing a few stinky feet, then that's the way it should be.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. I will remove your stone heart from you and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit in you and move you to follow my ordinances and keep my laws (Ezekiel 36: 26-27).
Intersecting Faith and Life: Who does God impress in your heart today? Does he call you to show love to that person? Determine your approach, which shows a humble heart: Call, send a note, help, speak a friendly word or wash a few feet! And then follow through while you love each other!
Luke 10:27, The Message
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