As I was reading the Bible, this verse caught my attention:
Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. (John 13:8).
I feel that there is an important message here, but as it happens my mind is not working, and I can’t figure out what it’s trying to tell me. These are the thoughts that came to my mind:
“Jesus answered him, if I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me; he does not say, if I wash not thy feet, but thee, meaning not with water, but with his blood.”
Maybe. But I think it talks about accepting being ministered to. We want to save ourselves, and not to be saved. We want to be self-sufficient. To let another serve us is to accept our fragility. Also, to accept too great a gift can be humiliating. It’s humiliating when others humiliate themselves before us. Because somehow, at the back of our minds, we always know that it makes them superior… When others serve you, that’s when you realize to what an extent you don’t deserve to be served.
Maybe. It’s that without accepting the act of love on the part of Christ no salvation can be possible. It’s not about what we give, it’s about what we accept to receive. Also, in order to help others, we must be helped first. The true giver is the one who recognizes that what he gives is not his, but had been given to him. To let Christ wash your feet is to learn a lesson of love from him. He whose feet have been washed is the one who is now ready to wash the feet of others…
I feel this is too shallow though, and only grazes the surface of the meaning. Please, give your thoughts on this! What does this verse make you think about?