Washing Feet

“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.” John 13:14-15 While we should not quibble with those who believe Jesus instituted an ordinance of washing feet in John 13, we must take care lest we miss its most profound meaning: stooping to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ, no matter how menial the task. Sin-tainted egos keep us from serving one another as Jesus served. We don’t mind serving those we perceive … Continue reading “Washing Feet”

Serving with Humility

Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5 The renowned Scottish New Testament Greek scholar, William Barclay (1907-1978), related a little story about a missionary who arrived in the Congo years ago to share the gospel of the Lord Jesus. Two missionaries had preceded this particular one and had failed miserably. The former missionaries had been members of the Baganda tribe, for which menial work was reserved for women and slaves. When the native people refused to provide food for these two missionaries, they left … Continue reading “Serving with Humility”