Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God… John 13:3
When Jesus washed the disciples feet he did so knowing with great assurance and self-awareness: who he was, where he came from, and where he was going. His was a self-awareness that was void of self-promotion and position.
I can only love and serve others when I am confident that I am loved and saved by God. This sets me free from false motives of service, although those tend to creep in.
I tend to think that Jesus washing the feet of Judas is meant to be startling to us. But as Jesus said, this is how men will know that we are his disciples. When we love one another – which requires humility. Not only to love the most important or the most impressive or the most committed, just ‘one another’.
We can only do this with the focus that tells us we are loved by God and we are going to God.
Then the beginning of John 14, a few verses away, finds a more crucial location in this story.
…If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. ~John 14:3
When your position is that you are saved by God and going to God, you are free to serve others in humility. Let’s work on it.
Thanks for reading,