Washed Any Feet Lately?

"So if I, 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 for you."  John 13:14-15 HCSB

One of my former co-workers had several men under his charge and I remember he took care of them as if he were their parent.  I had known him to take his men to the emergency room and wait for them even though their sickness was not job related. One was hospitalized and he stayed with him although it was a holiday. He would check on them on their days off to ensure things at home were going well.  It was clear that he understood how to serve his people and motivate them to accomplish their work. It is always about getting the job done, but along the way there are countless opportunities for us to serve and minister to others. 

My wo-worker modeled his service after the ultimate servant, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus grabbed a towel and filled a basin with water and humbly washed the disciples’ feet.  That was a time in history when people wore sandals and walked on dirt roads and foot washing was essential.  It was an unpleasant task normally done by self or a servant for their master.  Therefore it was the ultimate form of humility for the Lord to wash feet.  It should be noted that Judas, His betrayer, was among those whose feet were washed.  Today foot washing may not be an acceptable way of meeting practical needs and serving co-workers, but there are many other ways to serve them.  Humility and putting others first are essential for serving and encouraging our teammates. Being there for co-workers during a crisis is one of the greatest ways to serve them.  There are co-workers who need to know that they are appreciated for who they are and what they bring to the work place.  They need to know that someone will pray for them and that God loves them unconditionally.  There are others in need of encouragement, a person to listen to their complaints, someone with Godly wisdom and counsel, or a simple smile.  Foot washing can be done without towel, basin, or feet.  Jesus served others expecting nothing in return and beckons us to do likewise.

Our work place challenge is to always be willing to get involved in the lives of others. Make today count by humbly looking for ways to minister to, serve, and encourage your co-workers. God will use it for His glory.