We may talk a lot about the towel and the basin. We may have some symbol of that sitting in our offices to demonstrate “servanthood.” But it is Jesus who took up that act of servanthood and simply says to us, “Follow my example.”
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. (John 13:12-17)
Don’t just sit a towel and basin where people can see it and assume you’re following Jesus.
I was listening to a podcast interview with Miroslav Volf, a theologian who teaches at Yale Divinity School. He grew up in the former Yugoslavia and his family knew poverty.
He was asked what holds him to Christianity now. I loved his answer. He spoke of “ordinary saints.” He didn’t mean those who had written books. He meant his mother, his grandmother, his father, and gave examples of their quiet love for the Lord and the way they led in serving others. They used the basin and the towel and that anchored Volf to his faith in Christ.