In the upper room the night Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples, He got up from the table, took a towel and basin, and washed their feet.
Washing feet was slave’s work. Everyone at the table knew it. Every one of them knew they should be washing His feet. Peter even protested that he would never allow Jesus to wash His feet.
Jesus would have none of it. The King of kings took the role of the common household servant and washed their feet. Then He told them, “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)
Jesus did not mean we should literally include washing each other’s feet in worship every week. It wasn’t the task He called us to, it was the role. People who belong to Jesus have the mind and spirit of Jesus. People who belong to Jesus serve like Jesus served.
How did Jesus serve? He emptied Himself. He held back nothing. He gave when it hurt. It was never about Jesus and His comfort. It was always about others.
Shirley and I love to have breakfast at Chick-fil-A. They have a great breakfast burrito, and the staff is exceptionally friendly. The corporate training for Chick-fil-A is to respond over and over, “My pleasure.” It is my pleasure to serve you. It is my pleasure to make your dining experience the best it can be. It is my pleasure to meet your needs, whether it is easy or difficult. Serving is part of the culture at Chick-fil-A.
And serving is part of the culture of the Church of Jesus Christ—when we have it right. It’s not about us. It’s about others.
I am amazed at the heart for serving I see in people at the church I lead. I am blessed when I see people serving in children’s ministry, serving in youth ministry, serving in hospitality ministry, serving in the Food Truck ministry, serving in the worship ministry, serving in Impact Sports ministry, serving each other in small groups, serving at funeral dinners. The list goes on and on. And I am blessed when I see these same Christ followers serve in the community as little league coaches and PTA members and civic club members and a host of other ways.
Jesus washed the disciples’ feet. He calls us to pick up the towel and basin and serve others. It is “my pleasure” to do so, out of love for Him and love for others. How about you?