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01/23/2013

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Are We To Be Foot Washers?


"Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you should wash one another's feet" (Jn.13:14).

The first lesson that Jesus teaches by the washing of the disciples feet is that cleansing goes deeper than just the removal of dirt from one's body... "And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you --- not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God" (1 Pet.3:21). The second is one that should concern us deeply. It is about service. The foot washing was not to be some ritualistic ceremony that people through the centuries should practice. When Jesus washed the disciple's feet it was not to be considered a ritual by any means... It would be a miscarriage of this event to think that Jesus wanted future believers to remove each others socks and shoes and wash feet as a symbol of humility. What Jesus did want was for His disciples (us) to alter the course of history. When Jesus was done washing their feet, He asked them if they understood the significance of what they had seen. It went way beyond clean feet. "I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you" (V 15). Jesus is telling them and us that we will exercise true power by serving others. If Jesus was willing to stoop to such a menial deed, then how much more should His followers be willing to humble themselves through service to others. His example had absolutely nothing to do with ritual, and everything to do with lifestyle. Service is never to be about self-acclaim, but about small acts of kindness that grow into a life filled with service and giving. A life that we should actively embrace...

Have a wonderful day... A RAK or two would be good... Love mark Phil.4:11

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