"If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet."
Feet and fellowship… those two words don’t seem to go together. However, in John 13, Jesus shows us the connection. The disciples had just finished having a meal – the last meal they’d have with Jesus before He went to the cross. After the meal, Jesus begins to do the absurd – Jesus begins washing the disciples feet.
The act of washing someone’s feet was reserved for the lowest of all the servants. Its no wonder Peter protests Jesus’ act and says, “You shall never wash my feet!” Why would Jesus take on the role of a menial servant to wash feet? Clearly, the disciples didn’t know the answer to this question. Thankfully, Jesus explains:
12 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
Jesus was demonstrating service and humility to his disciples. These are two characteristics that Jesus embodied throughout His entire ministry. In this small strange act, Jesus was demonstrating the life that the disciples were to live – a life of service and humility.
The word fellowship describes the act of participation and communion. As believers we are called to fellowship with one another and with our Savior. However, it’s impossible to fellowship in this manner if we aren’t moving in the same direction with Jesus. This doesn’t mean you should start washing people’s feet on your campus or workplace, but it does mean that you should live a life that represents service and humility. Is the life that you are living? It’s not too late to start.