In John chapter 13, Jesus washed the disciple’s feet to show them the “almost lost art” of serving others. It was an act of humility when Jesus voluntarily did the menial work of a slave; He set the example for us to follow. Serving instead of being served.
When I was camp director at Victory Camp (victorycamp.com) for 12 years, the BEST services we ever had were the foot washing services. Our teenage counselors would pray while washing the feet of the children in their group. The prayers were from their hearts and often became prophetic words for individual children. The innocence and faith of the children was revealed when they asked their counselors, “Will you sit down so we can pray and wash your feet?” I have rarely seen so many tears and visible compassion, along with the Spirit of God, as lives were changed in the counselors and the children.
How can something like that happen by washing a bunch of dirty children’s feet on a hot Texas summer night? It happened because the counselors (leaders) were willing to put their needs on the back-burner so they could make a difference in someone else’s life. They didn’t use their “title” to show the children who was in charge. They made the CHOICE to serve, instead of being served. They were just like Jesus…. and the results were their proof.
“So if I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you must wash each other’s feet. I’ve given you an example that you should follow. IF YOU UNDERSTAND ALL OF THIS, you are blessed WHENEVER YOU FOLLOW MY EXAMPLE.'” (John 13:14-15, 17)
I would love to hear from some of the VC counselors, interns and staff about what YOU experienced at those foot washing services!
Pastor Kevin Kinchen