John 13:8 -- "You shall never wash my feet!"
Have you ever been in the presence of a great man? You felt as if you never wanted to leave him. You would have followed him home if you thought he would let you. For sure, you would sit at his feet and get him a cup of water, or a plate of food, if he asked for it. You would carry his coat, and make sure he didn't forget his book.
Your gratitude and admiration for his greatness was unending. You wanted to be just like him. You felt ashamed of the little or big ways that you weren't just like him. Maybe you could hide them from your friends, but you certainly couldn't hide them from him. What would he think? Would he disown you?
Yahshua washed all the disciples' feet. He said that if He didn't wash their feet, they would have no part in Him. Did he wash their feet because they were lesser than Him? No, He washed their feet so that He could get down to their stinky-feet level. He wanted to give them an example of what to do about each other's stinky-feet condition.
It wasn't just their physical condition He was concerned about, but their whole condition -- emotional, mental, spiritual, social. Were they kind to their children? Were they kind to their wives? Did they seek one another's counsel, submitting to one another, surrendering their own thoughts and opinions, and bearing one another's burdens? Did they care more for one another than for themselves? Would they risk their reputations to help one another? Would they spend all their time and energy building a place where more people like them could come and flourish?
How could they do these things unless they were so close to each other that they could see each other's everyday reality? And how could they do it unless they bound themselves together in a covenant to never separate from one another? What would sustain them? They would need nothing more than the simple yet all-encompassing love of the One who had truly set them free to care for one another. This kind of love has an intrinsic growth factor. It grows when it is being lavished on others, and it compels those who receive it to do the same.
So, was that all "just for back then"? Could we really achieve that level of care now? Could we actually deal with the stinky-feet condition of mankind? We never could before! So, where is the hope that we actually could now?
We would need a place that is set-apart, a place where families can be built or restored, where children can learn and grow into pure, respectful, loving human beings, where broken people can come and be put back together the right way, with the hope of being an integral, indispensable part of the whole, a place where their love for one another causes all things to become new.
Come and see! Come and become! Come and be!