Radical Humility

Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
John 13:5

The night before Jesus was crucified He washed the disciples’ feet to teach humility and service toward others. It was an act that was bizarre to those who were washed.

Peter was uncomfortable with the fact that Jesus was washing his feet but allowed Jesus to do so.

Jesus wanted to set forth an example of how important it is for leaders to be humble servants. It’s a valuable lesson for everyone to learn. We must always be ready to serve others before ourselves.

Something interesting occurs here in this humbling event. Among the men present to have their feet washed was Judas. Judas is the one who betrayed Jesus just minutes after having his feet washed.

Understand what took place. Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray Him. And He still washed his feet. Jesus humbled Himself to His betrayer.

Be honest. Would you wash the feet of someone you love? You would definitely try. Would you wash the feet of someone who stabbed you in the back? Probably not.

It’s easy to humble yourself before those you love. But to humble yourself and serve your enemy, that’s bizarre! This proves the love of Jesus even more.

While Jesus was dying on the cross He said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) Jesus was speaking in regard to those who nailed Him to the cross, which is you and me. We must serve even those who are considered to be our enemies.

Look for an opportunity to serve someone today even if they are on bad list. Show the love of Christ in a radical way.


Lord, thank You for dying for my sins and setting me free from my sins. Help me to be aware of my sins. Let me be a servant of You and show the humbleness of who You are.

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