Had the privilege of putting someone elses shoes and socks on for them today, so that they could come home from hospital. It wasn't planned like that, but it was a bit of a Maundy Thursday moment.
Jesus washes the disciples feet, then tells them to copy him. Why?
- Because you can only wash feet on your knees. And that's where you pray. What we are on our knees before God, that is what we are and nothing else.
- On your knees you get to look into the faces of those who can't stand, and the faces of children. You can't do that if you're standing up.
- Washing feet gives service the priority over status. Jesus doesn't care about his reputation, and Christians shouldn't care about their reputation either.
- Washing feet is love in action. We have songs and words galore about love, but God so loved the world that he gave: he did something. There's an article in todays local paper about the launc of Yeovil's new Street Pastors team - several of those interviewed say how good it is that someone is doing something, rather than just talking about doing something.