This particular worship service in November was such blessing to me. After singing some songs and hearing a good sermon on Psalm 7, we observed communion and foot washing. Because Jesus became Lord of my life at age 8, I’ve participated in communion most of my life, but it wasn’t until I was in my thirties that I witnessed and participated in the physical worship of foot washing.
For those of you who have never had the joy of participating in a foot washing service, I’d like to explain how we do it in our church. The ladies sit on one side of the church and wash another lady’s feet in a basin of warm water and then dries their feet with a towel. We then switch places. The men do the same on the other side of the church.
The first time I participated in a foot washing service, I was surprised by the fact that I had no qualms about washing other’s feet, but it was very humbling to sit while someone washed my feet! Like the Apostle Peter, everything in me wanted to scream, No! That’s ok. You really don’t need to do that. (That was my pride speaking.) It was much easier for me to serve than to be served and it took lots less humility!
The point of this service is to remind us why we are here on this earth….to serve others! Jesus was the perfect example of this. He lived a sinless life on this earth, loving and serving others constantly. After He washed His disciples’ feet, He said, If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. (John 13:17) Whether you believe He meant for foot washing to be practiced literally or He was just setting another example, I think we would all agree Jesus was very clear about the necessity of us loving and serving others….not solely for the purpose of our happiness, although this is a byproduct.
As my dear friend bowed to wash my feet, it was easy to imagine it was Jesus. This question came to mind. Why? Why would He, the king of the universe, even care about me much less come to earth to live and die for me? Why would He bow to serve ME? Love. That’s why He came. And He would have done it even if you or I were the only one here. I believe that. It is still hard to wrap my mind around that fact though. If He was willing to humble Himself and serve me, then I should do no less for my fellowman.
There is always such a sweet spirit in our church after we have bowed and washed feet. There are many tears of joy, lots of hugs, and many smiles.
When we serve others, we find that somehow our own needs get met in the process. I can personally attest to this fact. During some of the darkest days of my life, I felt like I was literally walking through the valley of the shadow of death. One of the things that got me through was believing God had left me on this earth to make a positive difference in someone’s life. I clung to the promise in Proverbs 11:25. (The verse mentioned in the picture.) I selfishly sought to serve others just to survive. Although my motive wasn’t the best, it worked.
Michael Card wrote and sings a beautiful song titled, The Basin and the Towel. Please take a moment to listen. May you be blessed as you serve others today!
Bowing the knee,