Reflections on Servanthood

Victoria Elliot

READ : Luke 22:24, John 13:13-15


What a wonderful day on which to end our month of reflections – the day when Christ gave us the supreme example of serving. He took a towel (the symbol of a slave) to dry the disciples’ feet. Too busy arguing about who was the greatest, the disciples had not even considered doing this task.

When Jesus finished His work, He resumed His role as Teacher and Master. He then asked the disciples, “Do you know what I have done to you?” He adds, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” Learning must always precede obedience. But did the disciples understand this?

Jesus knew His time left on earth would be short, and therefore wanted the disciples to learn the humbling role of a servant. Jesus’ example was not to promote literal footwashing, but the humble service of one Christian to another.

Stooping down to bring practical help to others in their everyday lives is not a frequent happening in today’s world. There is a big space between “knowing” and “doing” what Jesus illustrated in this Scripture.


Father, may the reflections of this past month make us more willing to be “foot-washers.” In Jesus’ name. Amen.