By Rob Albright
In John 13:1-17 we notice Jesus washing the disciples feet and He did this to teach a lesson on humility. We know that at least two of the disciples were thinking about how they could obtain first place in the kingdom. The other disciples found out what was on their mind and became indignant (Matthew 20:20-28) with the two brothers.
The selfish thinking needed to be dealt with. Jesus, in this act of humility, displayed a lesson they needed to learn and we need to learn, as fellow disciples of Jesus.
Jesus taught them (and us) that true greatness is not abut being served, but of serving. Jesus cared about others and served others by feeding the hungry, healing the sick, lame, and blind. When Jesus gave His life for the sins of the world, He displayed humility.
After He washed the disciples feet, he said, "I have given you an example that you also should do just as I have done for you" (John 13:15). The washing of feet was not an act of worship but it was a demonstration of the attitude we need to have with one another.
We have to be careful to not be so filled with pride that we cannot do a menial task. If the King of the kingdom could wash feet, then no service to others should be beneath our dignity.
- Rob Albright serves as one of the ministers at the Northwest Church of Christ in Greensboro, NC. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.nwchurchofchrist.com/