Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.
We often think that being a disciple of Jesus is a call to do things that are big and important in the eyes of others. We think people need to see really big and important things if they are believe in God’s love.
In reality to be a disciple of Jesus is to be as He is in us day by day and moment by moment. Jesus never looked for the big and important things to do. Jesus looked for ways to surprise people with the reach God’s love.
Jesus looked for people around Him who needed love and He touched them. Jesus noticed people with dirty feet because that is where the love of God needed to touch and bring cleansing, surprising love. To wash people’s feet is to surprise them with the reach of God’s love.
As disciples we are called to do more than imitate the life of Jesus. We are called to surprise people with Jesus’ continuing presence in the world in us and through us. We are to be His hands on dirty feet not just our hands on dirty feet.
Have you surprised anyone lately with the touch of Jesus hands? If not, you may be simply imitating Jesus instead of living Jesus.
Surprise someone with the love of Jesus that abides in you today. Look down for dirty feet not up for power.