Foot-Washing Phobia


Many churches include footwashing as a part of their Maundy Thursday services.

On this Maundy Thursday, when Jesus washed his disciples’ feet, I am posting a devotion I wrote for a previous publication of ours, Living the Gospel Life, on an experience I had with foot-washing:

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. John 13:14

At a recent event at my church the group leader (me!?) was supposed to wash the feet of the members of my group. The prospect of washing these people’s feet did not thrill me, and all of the adults in the group declined to participate. Only one 8-year-old boy named Colin was game. I found that washing Colin’s feet felt a little funny. But we did it, and sometimes I will see Colin in church and find myself praying he’s doing OK because we had this “bonding” moment.

I started thinking about phobias we have about not wanting people to serve us and not wanting to serve in ways that are uncomfortable or embarrassing. Brave little Colin showed us all that we need to put our phobias aside and just follow Christ’s command to give and receive service.

O Christ, remove any fears I may have about serving and being served and just do what you want me to do. Amen.

Challenge: Offer to wash someone’s car this week and don’t take no for an answer.

John 13:1-17
Titus 3:3-8

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