A few years ago, at a small West Texas church, I was the Keynote Speaker at a Women’s Conference. When the conference began, we ushered each woman into the sanctuary individually, provided a good old-fashioned foot washing, gave them a rose and escorted them to their seat. It was an honor to wash their feet, pray over each woman, and for some, watch dignity and true revelation of WHOSE they are come back in their faces and hearts.
Submission, Humility, and Servant-hood
To wash someone’s feet, you must place yourself in a position of submission, cloak your spirit in humility and serve unconditionally. You see, when I washed those ladies feet, I bowed in submission to Christ, wore humility in honor of Jesus and served HIM with a glad heart.
Have you ever been on the other end of a foot washing? You know… the recipient, the one who is getting their feet washed must allow someone to wash their feet. It involves a tremendous amount of submission and humility on their part too. Oh, there were some women who would have nothing to do with having their feet washed. In the same manner, Peter had difficulty submitting to a foot washing from Jesus. His reply was:
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” (John 13:8)
Can We Realize Foot Washings Daily Among Believer’s and Others?
Today, as I was pondering on the Old and New Testament foot washings, I began to think of what the act of foot washing represents and how we can implement it into our daily lives. For instance, when we pick up the phone to check on an ill or needy church member or neighbor, we are representing a foot washing. We are placing our needs aside and serving those who need us most. When we decide to give a gift to someone in need, we are again representing the same thing by giving of ourselves for the betterment of someone else. How about praying? When we humble ourselves to pray for one another, we are saying to God, no matter what the cost, I am going to press in with fortitude, believing that He is answering that prayer.
The Church Cannot Operate Without a Foot Washing Mindset
No, we might not take out the foot basin, and water pitcher daily to wash each other’s feet, but what part of Christianity does not demand submission, humility, and servant-hood? Every aspect in regard to the life of a believer should never fail to consist of these three elements of faith.
As we go about this week, let’s keep submission, humility, and servant-hood in perspective to our relationship with Jesus. I pray that all of us will pull back the scales on our own eyes, see humanity for what it is and lay aside our pride, selfish desire and any egotistical ways. We then can realize that a life surrendered to the LORDSHIP of Christ calls for nothing less than a good old-fashioned “foot washing” mindset.
By Jane Morin
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Jane Morin is an international speaker, worship leader, Bible teacher, and award-winning author. Her latest re-release, The Weapons Of Our Warfare is now available on Kindle Books! Learn how to fight the "fight of faith" effectively and snatch up your copy today!