Scriptural Truth – Can You Wash Feet?
We all know them, it’s that one friend or relative who has some of the worst smelling feet in the world. It’s also this one who will without fail take off their shoes and perhaps socks while in an enclosed area. For some reason these folks with the awful smelling feet have gone nose blind. They can’t seem to understand why folks vacate the area they are in when they remove their shoes. Considering all of this I have to ask the question “Can you wash feet?” Yes think about that for a moment and allow the question to sink in. For a spiritual application to this question consider the act of Christ in John 13:12, So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments and sat down again, He said to them “Do you know what I have done to you?” Our Lord exemplified the greatest lesson on several issues which hold many folks back from being the person they should be. Christ taught that all should be examples for others to follow (1 Tim. 4:12). Paul in his writing to a young preacher encouraged him to be the example despite his youth. Next Christ taught a valuable lesson on humility and love (1 Tim. 1:5 and James 4:10). We are to love from a pure heart, good conscience and a sincere heart with all humbleness allowing God to exalt us to where he wants us to be. I’m certain a little “foot washing” would keep one in check with their attitude. Christ also wanted to teach his apostles and us that we must be courageous, confident and bold (2 Tim. 1:7-8). We must not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord and must be willing to understand and follow his example and lead. Most would not consider the washing of someone’s feet to be very bold and courageous but the idea is to go beyond what is expected and above the norm. Character is defined in many ways but the best definition is how one acts. It’s about how others see us and our actions of kindness, love and humility. I’m not suggesting the next time that one person takes their shoes off that you go grab a washcloth and soap and begin washing their feet, although you can if you want, but rather do for others and to others that which everyone else normally shy’s away from. Until next week this is the Scriptural Truth, Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. church of Christ (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook.