Why the Feet?


John 13:12 “So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?”

Jesus was coming to the end of His ministry on earth. There is no doubt in my mind that He was trying to give some of the most important words and examples to the disciples as His days on earth were limited. One of the great examples that He gave was when He washed the feet of the disciples. As He was washing the feet of the disciples, He came to Peter to wash his feet, and Peter said, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.” Jesus’ response to Peter was, “He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.” Jesus was teaching the importance of the feet in the Christian walk. So, why are the feet so important?

First, the feet remind you of your frailty. Jesus was teaching the importance of humility. Certainly, ladies try to make their feet pretty, but people don't say that they wanted to marry someone because they have beautiful feet. The feet stink. The feet have bunions and callouses. The toenails often get a fungus under the nail and make it look bad. Jesus was reminding the believer that they are truly nothing without Him. When you start to think that you are something, look down at your feet, and you will realize how filthy and stinky you are without Christ.

Second, your feet are symbolic of soul winning. Jesus was teaching the disciples to keep the fire of soul winning in their lives. Isaiah 52:7 says, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation…” If you keep soul winning, you have a better chance of keeping your life clean. I am not saying that soul winners won’t fall into sin, but soul winners tend to live more selfless lives because soul winning is the most selfless thing a believer can do. The fact that Jesus wanted the feet clean shows How much He values soul winning.

Third, your feet are your foundation. Jesus was teaching the disciples to keep their doctrine right. Psalm 11:3 says, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Satan is always after what you believe. He is always trying to destroy your foundation a little at a time. If you have ever seen someone who has feet problems, they have a hard time walking. So, the believer who doesn't keep their doctrine pure will have a hard time living for the LORD.

Fourth, your feet determine your direction. Jesus was teaching the disciples to keep their direction right. Your associational direction truly dictates your doctrinal direction. If you run with people who don't believe like you, you will end up being like them. You can't run with people who don't hold to the old paths and not end up being like them. Jesus was teaching the disciples how critical it was for them to guard their direction.

Fifth, your feet determine your walk with God. You can't walk with God if your feet are walking in the world. Jesus was teaching that separation is critical to your walk with Him. You need to leave everything to walk with God in His Word and prayer, and you need to separate from the world to walk with Him in truth throughout your life. Keep your feet clean from sin and wrong associations, and you will keep your walk with God right.

Dr. Allen Domelle

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