Evangelism is Washing Feet (The Soul-Winning Motivator #46)

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Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Mark 10:45 which reads: “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Our soul winning quote today is from Steve Sjogren: “The basic idea behind servant evangelism projects is very simple. It is not difficult to begin loving people in practical ways. We need to avoid the human tendency to make things overly complicated.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 29 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Evangelism is Washing Feet

Next to the Holy Spirit, the Bible, and the gospel message, there is nothing more powerful or useful in the call of evangelism than “the towel and the basin.”

In the time of Christ, the streets were unpaved, and men either wore sandals or went barefoot. Meals were eaten reclining around low tables. Obviously, it was entirely possible that the man eating next to you or across from you would have his dirty feet near your face, making for an unappetizing meal. Therefore, a servant usually greeted guests at the door and washed their feet.

On the night of the last supper, Jesus gathered with His disciples in a rented room to celebrate the Passover. There was no host and no servant to wash feet. Jesus, realizing the situation, used it as a chance to show love in action. How did He do it? He did it with a basin and a towel.

John 13:1-5 reads: “Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him; Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.”

His actions were motivated by love: “having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.” Servant evangelism is not a program. It is service motivated by love. Notice that this picture of humble service involved action. Servant evangelism is ore than good intentions and warm feelings. It is love in action.

Jesus did not do His act of service merely to show His love for His disciples. He had another objective. He wanted to leave us a vivid portrait of the way He desires us to live. We should also be willing to “wash feet.”

John 13:12-15 reads: “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? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.”

Our natural inclination is to be served, not to serve others. Even Jesus’ disciples wrestled with an entitlement mentality. James and John’s desire to sit in authority prompted Jesus’ clear call for us to be servants as well.

Every Christ follower should heed Jesus’ instruction to become a “servant” and “slave of all.” Just as Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, Christians are to do the same for a hurting world that is dying to see authentic examples of a loving Savior! In the end Christians must understand that unbelievers will not accept what we say about Christ until they first see the truth manifested in our lives. We are implored by the biblical example to wrap our faith in the flesh of daily living.


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