But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. Matthew 23:11
In a boxing match when the trainer grabs the towel, the fighter is in bad shape and he is about to throw it in the ring to stop the fight. When the Body of Christ grabs the towel it means we are about to take it to the “next level”. Jesus taught a valuable lesson to His disciples right before He went to the Cross. (John 13: 3-5)
The greatest among the body of Christ is the servant. This life is not all about doing, but it is more about submitting to the Holy Spirit and His purpose. Let me go on the record as saying, this is not the line most believers, including myself usually stand in. I find myself asking God to use me, He shows me a need, I (through my human reasoning) determine it is “a little below” me and I go the other way. This seems like an easy lesson to learn but it goes against every thing I have learned about life.
God’s ways are not our ways, neither are God’s thoughts like our thoughts. My challenge to you and me this year, humble yourself, grab a towel every chance you get. Think about what Jesus was wiping off their feet. If you have ever worn open toe sandals you know how nasty your feet can smell and look. Now add to that image dusty streets, live animals (which produce piles of processed food) there is no telling what else made it between their toes.
Remember also how humbling it must have been to have their Master insist on washing that off. You know they had to be thinking, “Jesus, if I knew you were going to be doing this I would not have walked where I walked.” Isn’t that how most people live their lives? When someone comes to “serve” them they either don’t let them help, or are embarrassed about the mess they are in.
I see no where in the Bible where Jesus talks about the mess He washed off. The only thing we need to know is, He did it. When God calls you to “wash the feet” He is not calling you to remember or remind them, He is calling you to wash them. When you see someone walking through a mess and the Holy Spirit calls you to “clean their feet”, do it as Jesus did. Humble yourself before them and wash the world off of them.
The other important lesson here is, these were followers of Christ, your brothers and sisters in the Lord. Here is my nickels’ worth of free advice, don’t grab your towel and start washing feet. Wait on God to show you someone in Christ that has gotten a little too much of the world on them. They are mostly clean, but not all, grab your towel and get to washing. Wash off the discouragement, the failure, the loneliness, the emptiness etc. Anything you find, wash with the towel.
You may be thinking, “How can I wash that off their feet?” I am not talking about a natural foot washing, I am talking about a spiritual foot washing. Here are some different “towels” you might use: love, hope, faith, joy, encouragement, humor, word of God, etc. Pray that Jesus would lead you and show you which towel to grab, but grab a towel and get to work.
God has shown me people in my life to encourage. So that is the towel I am grabbing right now. I am going to be an encouragement to the body, specifically, the brothers in Christ God knows that need encouraging. Again, I want to remind you, God is not a respecter of persons, so if He shows me someone, He will show you someone. I want to “encourage” you. grab a towel and wait on the Lord. He will show you someone in your life that needs a good foot washing.
Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11