Day 9

Our Savior Washes Feet

from the Because He Lives reading plan


John 13:1-35, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

BY Claire Gibson

My mother sat in the passenger seat, and I was behind the wheel. My eyes glanced at the clock on the dash. Up ahead, a train inched along the track, cutting us off from the road we needed to take. People made reservations a month in advance to get a seat at this restaurant. I knew if we were too late, we’d lose our seats. I couldn’t wait any longer.

Whipping the car around, I turned onto a side road and tried to find my way to the restaurant by an alternate route. But as I veered to the left, I forgot to check my blind spot. A truck barreled into the back of my car with a loud crunch. We weren’t going fast. No one was hurt. But it was most definitely my fault. I was in such a rush to get to dinner that I put our lives in danger. Thirty minutes later, we made it to the restaurant, and the hostess didn’t even mention the fact that we were late.

When I feel the pinch of time, I rush. Jesus doesn’t.

While reading today’s passages, I was struck by how slow and purposeful Jesus is with His disciples in their final hours together before His arrest. From the beginning of John 13, we’re told Jesus knew it was the end. He knew exactly what was coming. He even knew that Judas would be the one to deliver the deadly kiss. And yet, He doesn’t get up and start rushing around. He doesn’t point fingers or hatch an escape plan. He doesn’t open the Scriptures and start teaching frantically. He doesn’t even complete a few extra miracles, just for good measure.

In less than twenty-four hours, Jesus would be hanging on a tree, yet He stops to fill a basin with water.

In this moment, Jesus had no agenda to complete before He died, other than to show His disciples love. Putting His own fear aside, He focused solely on the words, actions, and encouragement His brothers needed to hear before He departed. Jesus knelt, took foul-smelling feet in His hands, and wiped them completely clean. (We live in a culture that is dying of thirst for this kind of selfless, slow, real love.)

In His last meal on earth, Jesus is my example. He shows me that I do not need to rush. I do not need to check items off my bucket list. I don’t even have to leave the room to do His work. All I have to do is love the people at my particular table. He teaches me that loving well doesn’t always mean teaching—it also means doing. Love means washing feet. It means embracing the foul parts of life. It means listening attentively to my friends and breaking bread, being still, even when every instinct of my heart tells me to run because we’re running out of time.

There is no need to rush when God is in control. If my Lord and Savior rested in this truth and served in this way, then He will surely help me do the same (John 13:14–15). Regardless of what appears to be blocking my path or barreling toward me in this life, I can be still and rest in Him. I can speak kindly to those around me. I can serve right now, right where I am.

Dear Lord, give me the strength to fill basins.

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58 thoughts on "Our Savior Washes Feet"

  1. Ashley P. says:

    Slowing down seems so challenging, but necessary, when my first instinct is to hurry to get things done. It makes me wonder—what will it be like for us in heaven, when we have all of eternity ahead of us, Jesus with us, and the stresses of this current life behind us? Will we finally be able to savor our days in peace, forevermore? Will rushing and striving cease?

  2. Ana Lisa Johnson says:

    This is so good. I always feel an inner tension to rush, that there isn’t enough time but there is so much to get done. Help me to rest in the fact that you are in control, God. Help me to take time to love others, instead of rushing past because I don’t have time.

  3. Lesley Gangwish says:

    Claire Gibson, thank you. Such a powerful focus for me in these verses. Slow down. There is a plan but life doesn’t have to be rushed, it will all come to pass. Solid. Thank you.

  4. Jen S. says:

    This devotional really spoke to me. I do think that I am always on the move for the next best thing. Sometimes I forget to stop and look around me and enjoy and be grateful for what I have and those who I have to share it with. I loved this reminder to slow down. Take it easy. Love those around you. Instead of focusing on what I can have next, focus on who I can help next and what is the next thing I can do for someone else. And be grateful for what I am surrounded by today.

  5. Tanya says:

    Such a great piece. Came at the perfect time for me.

  6. J C says:

    I am in awe of Jesus’ patience and the purposeful time he spent with his people. My nature is to hurry and rush… get things done… make things right. In my current struggle, though, God continues to tell me daily to BE STILL. This is so hard for me…. I want my relationship with the man i love to be reconciled and repaired today (ok, maybe yesterday). I want to fix it… talk to him and figure out how to make the repairs so we can move forward. Again, God tells me to BE STILL. Jesus knew his fate and yet he waited and worked with purpose….my goal is to do same. God knows my outcome and he can speak and move when i cannot. I need to trust this. God, help me to be still, waiting on you to guide this process of healing and repair.

    1. Jaime Lopez says:

      Praying for you!

      1. J C says:

        Thank you! Extra prayers are most certainly needed and appreciated. ❤️

  7. Carla HallBlanton says:

    This was exactly what I needed today. Too often I try to take control & rush to completely a task quickly and efficiently so that I can move on to the next task. I need to slow down and truly love well the people right in front of me.

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