Several years ago, I was a new believer. There were way more things about church that were UNfamiliar to me than familiar. I was not in any kind of rhythm with the Lord. The veil was across my face. I simply did not know what His death and resurrection meant to anyone, let alone me.
So you can imagine then … that when people at church started talking about feet-washing, I had little to no interest. Because the world and its emphasis on looks, style, and the top of the top ten … making sure one is comfortable, I had not the slightest idea why anyone would allow someone else to touch their feet. In my life, the only other person who had touched my feet was my husband.
Fast forward to present. I still have not participated in feet-washing. A class I took over the summer covered many things about our denomination. Churches of God recognizes three ordinances:
1) The Lord’s Supper (or Communion)
2) Baptism by immersion and
After listening to the lecture on ordinances, we had to write a reflection paper.
With the Lord, now whom I abide with, whom I love more than life itself, I almost cried writing the paper. One reason I will share here. It was that moment when He reveals the unmatched love and devotion He has for you, for little ole you, that He would, in the place of Peter, wash my broken feet before He walked to Calvary. As I wrote, I imagined myself bowed low at a sister’s feet, ever so gently washing her toes, her heels, her feet. As I washed, I imagined I would be silently praying for her. It doesn’t matter that my feet are not the most attractive, not when the Lord went before you to show His love in a way that few would understand or accept.
Just as Jesus humbled Himself to wash dirty, dusty man-feet, I will follow in both the giving and the receiving, in honor of my Lord and Savior.
Tonight, if God allows all things to fall into place (puppy, winter weather, my alertness to drive after being up so early), I will participate in Maundy Thursday for the very first time. Yes, it is never too late to love Jesus in a new way.
What about you? Do you have any questions about Maundy Thursday, or about feet-washing in general? I am here to listen if Easter has been more about baskets and candy than Jesus. I am here to help if you want to know more about Jesus and His death and resurrection and what that means for you, even if you never thought about it.
Love in Christ,