Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Many years ago, while in the Philippines, I spoke to one of the most memorable gatherings of people ever – for me. There were 400 ECOFI (Evangelical Christian Outreach Foundation Incorporated) pastors and wives present, along with many other Christian workers and students from the Bible Colleges. I spoke on the servant heart of Jesus from the story of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet in John 13.
Imagine this. Jesus has invited His closest followers to celebrate the Passover Supper with Him. They all arrive in the upper room of a home, where dinner has been prepared. No household servant is there to wash their feet as they enter, so they all recline at the table with dirty feet.
Jesus rises, and proceeds to wash all of their feet. Only one refuses at first, but He is quickly convinced that this is an important principle of Christ’s Kingdom. We need to understand that what Jesus does and says in this action is to be forever our motivating principle of faith. We are to serve one another.
John 13:12-16 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.
At the conclusion of my message that evening, I had twelve college students prepared to bring out twelve basins of water with towels, and twelve chairs. I invited to the stage the twelve District Supervisors who guided the 300 churches in ECOFI. As tears of joy and repentance spilled from my eyes, I washed each of their feet. Tears streamed down their faces as well. Together we recognized that we had become proud of our ministries, and were asking others to serve us.
Each District Supervisor then went and washed the feet of the pastors for their district. Then pastors started washing the feet of other pastors with whom they had been in competition. Then pastors started washing the feet of their people. College professors were washing the feet of the students. Husbands washed the feet of their wives and children. For three hours the model of Christ’s servant heart was evidenced in this gathering of disciples.
That was over 10 years ago. Two weeks ago I received this message from one of the Filipino people who was present at that meeting.
i dont really forgotten wen yu speak washing the feet i was remember wen yu wash my feet i m so blessed
The greatest impact we can have on the lives of others is to serve them like Jesus served us. He gave His life for us. There is no greater love to be seen by the world.
No matter the cost, go and serve others.