Step A Foot Into Greatness

He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. — John 13:4-5

This is not a trivial moment. And I think John, with hindsight, realizes how significant this event was. Jesus, the Lord of all Creation, disrobes and does something the lowest of society would do. He washes the feet of men who, in hours, are going to run, deny, and betray him. And Jesus is fully cognizant of these facts, and he does it in the most loving manner without a hint of bitterness, hate, or rejection.

I don't know about you, but the emotional strength, spiritual conviction, and immense character required to do this is beyond my understanding. I could never wash the feet of someone who intentionally sold me out, did me harm, or denied me. It has taken me years to heal and forgive a couple of people who have hurt me in the past. Years and a lot of therapy.

But this is the calling of being a follower. It's exactly the opposite of what Judas did. Jesus denies himself and takes up his cross, and is faithfully obedient to God.

Today, do something spiritually challenging. Be kind to someone who is hard to love. Give something away rather than getting for yourself. Disciple a child who is reluctant to listen. Forgive that does not understand their offense. And gain a little insight into what Jesus did here because he calls you to do the same.


1. How does Jesus' act of washing the disciples' feet challenge your understanding of forgiveness and selflessness? How can you apply this example to your own life?

2. Reflect on a situation where you found it difficult to show kindness or forgiveness to someone who had hurt you. How can you draw strength from Jesus' actions to find healing and extend love even in challenging circumstances?

DO THIS: Do something challenging today.

PRAY THIS: God, give me the strength and wisdom to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, to love and forgive unconditionally, and to humbly serve others with a compassionate heart. Amen.

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6 thoughts on “Step A Foot Into Greatness

  1. Shawn says:

    Good word brother. It wasn’t until I was doing Kairos prison ministry that I was introduced to not just reading about it but doing it to a brother I honestly didn’t care for. Man did God humble me. It was a reluctant blessing i would not have done on my own. Recently I helped lead a team to India and we washed the feet of our national pastors in front of over 50 indigenous pastors and it was again such a blessing and opportunity to do what Jesus did and to bless a brother in humble service. God blesses us in our willing and humble obedience. Thank you for the reminder and command to do the same to those around us.

  2. Daniel Rushton says:

    I had people who hurt me and I have forgiven them, but I have to do it everyday. And it is getting easier to do but I don’t think I’m near the washing thier feet stage yet.

  3. Tom Waller says:

    These verses bring back so many great memories.

    Back in Baton Rouge Penny and I served in the cooking ministry of a large church. Members of that ministry were given a towel that was inscribed with these words. “It’s not about a title it’s about a towel”. It showed the teams commitment to be a servant of the Most High.

  4. Bob Maixner says:

    Amen – best way to get over yourself is to focus on what Christ did for us and then do a fraction of that for someone else. Gives one great perspective.

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