Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet (John 13:14).
What do Former U. S. President Jimmy Carter and my son Donald have in common?
Jimmy Carter has built many Habitat houses in the State of Georgia. So when Hurricane Katrina devastated neighboring Mississippi, he volunteered to help rebuild flooded-out homes. My son Donald, an experienced house painter, volunteered to be part of a rescue mission trip to Biloxi, Mississippi to help repair houses for the victims of Hurricane Katrina..
Jimmy Carter and my son both illustrate well what Jesus meant when he said, “Now that I have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14). Were Jimmy Carter and Donald aware they were obeying Christ’s command? Probably not. As Jesus girded himself with the necessary items to wash the feet of his twelve disciples, so the volunteers girded themselves with the drills and paint to build or repair the homes before winter’s chilly breath. Donald also had opportunity to shared his faith in Christ with the home owners and fellow workers.
“The most meaningful thing for me about getting this house,” said one lady with gratitude, “is that President Carter’s sweat is in it,” As she had watched Carter mixing mortar in the blazing sun, she had seen his sweat dripping into the mortar.
We may not be remembered for sweating over a project, but the Lord is keeping records of our good works (Hebrews 6:10). “I have set you an example,” Jesus says, and “now that you know these things, you will find happiness in doing them” (John 13:15).
Although the widow appreciated her repaired house, she probably was unaware that the volunteers had just “washed her feet.”
How about today we decide to look for someone’s feet to wash?