Having A Part with the Lord
According to the Lord's command,
the church today washes the feet of the baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus
Christ. The person administering the sacrament follows the example left by
Jesus and washes each new believer's feet and dries them with a towel.
Such observance is not merely
symbolic. It is a command from the Lord. Its effect is to "have a
part" with our Lord Jesus (see John 13:8).
To have a part with Jesus is to
have a part in his life. God's saving grace does not end at baptism. This grace
is a life-long gift.
In order to participate in this
lasting relationship, we need to accept the footwashing by our Lord. Behind
this act of washing lies the full extent of Christ's unfailing love.