Feet are important. An Illinois podiatrist, Dr. Paul Brezinski, says, “The health of your feet, despite their distance from your heart, can affect your overall health.” Turns out we should not tip-toe around attention to feet – Jesus certainly didn’t. Despite the fact that feet, especially in the first century, were perpetually dirty and stinky, Jesus took the posture of a servant and washed each and every gross foot – including Judas Iscariot’s.
This act absolutely blew the minds of the disciples who could barely fathom that Jesus would do such a thing as wash feet. What is more, Jesus went on to tell them, “If I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.” I imagine the disciples’ jaws had to be picked up off the ground over that zinger from Jesus.
Here’s the deal: unhealthy Christians and churches do not pay attention to foot health; but healthy Christians and churches give intentional focus to serving in the lowest capacities to the lowliest in the Body of Christ and in society. They even serve their enemies – the ones whom they know have it out for them. Healthy disciples do such things because they have the distinguishing mark of their Lord pulsating through their lives: love. Love motivated Jesus to serve, and, as his followers, the same motivation exists to serve the church and the world. Mother Teresa got it right when she once said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
Loving Lord Jesus, you are the perfect model of service. Help me to pay attention to the all the people in my life and all the responsibilities I have with the love you give me, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.