Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.-John 13:14
In Jesus’ day the very act of washing a person’s feet was something that only a servant would do. It was not something that a respected teacher or member of polite society would do. Jesus’ words here echo his words from earlier in his ministry about the first being last and the last being first. Jesus’ act of washing his disciples feet was more than just a symbolic act, it was Jesus’ way of again demonstrating the right way to lead. In order to be a good Christ like leader you need to take on the role of servant. Jesus constantly put the needs of others ahead his own needs. He lived out the principle of the first will be last and the last will be first. That is what the kingdom of God is all about. The world says that leaders should put themselves up on a pedestal and strut around taking advantage of their positions, but God says the exact opposite. In God’s kingdom leaders are the ones who put their needs last and the needs of others first. The world is need of more people who are willing to take on the role of servant and wash others feet.